As Roy Disney's Pyewacket slowed to an average seed of 6.5 knots for the past 24 hours, Joss's 18-year-old record for Del Rey Yacht Club's 17th biennial Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta International Yacht Race seemed safe for another two years.
Pyewacket would have to finish by noon Wednesday to beat the record of 4 days 23 hours 0 minutes 4 seconds set by the MacGregor 65 in 1985, but its ETA was pushed back to 4Â½ hours later and losing as the clock ticked away in this Mexican resort port.
In fact, it appeared that Pyewacket, a Reichel/Pugh 75 that owns the Transpac, Newport-Bermuda and Chicago-Mac records, would probably post the fastest elapsed time but would be running with the pack at the end. Pye spotted its smaller Racing Division rivals one and two days from the start.
The closest boat to the finish at Tuesday morning's position report was Winslow Lincoln's Andrews 45, Locomotion, still 176 miles out and averaging 8.2 knots for the 1,175-nautical mile race.
Immediately after the completion of the race, North Sails and the Mexican Sailing Association are sponsoring a new five-day regatta in Banderas Bay called Vallarta Race Week. All Marina del Rey-Puerto Vallarta participants were invited to take part.