The official Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race starting time was 14:05:00 on Friday, Feb. 4. Titan 12 officially finished the race at 00:29:42 (local time) on 7 February. The race course was 810 miles from the Port Everglades inlet off Fort Lauderdale, Fla., across the Gulf Stream, through the Bahama Islands, past Cuba and on to the finish at Montego Bay, Jamaica.
'That's some fast sailing!,' said Race Chairman Ken BATZER about Titan 12's performance. 'At the start, it was blowing 15-18 out of the north/northwest. Everyone started with either blast reachers or spinnakers, and it was pretty much reaching or downwind conditions the whole way.'
With six boats left to finish by tonight or early tomorrow morning, Makoto UEMATSU's Japanese entrant Esmeralda, with multiple world champion Ken READ (Newport, R.I.) aboard, currently leads the fleet on corrected time.
The Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race is jointly hosted by the Storm Trysail, Lauderdale and Montego Bay Yacht Clubs.