New Outright Record Set: Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown
Published on October 3rd, 2013
A new outright record and time to beat was set for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Michael Dominguez helmed his 32-foot Marstrom, Bronco, around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 17 seconds besting the previous record of 01:47:24 by 34 minutes 7 seconds. The team chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams, on a southwesterly breeze ranging from 10 to 18 knots on an incoming tide.
Their record-breaking time comes with a last minute decision by the crew to change their course. “As we were out there warming up we saw the westerly moving in, so we changed our game plan and went north first. We tacked at the north end of Conanicut 28 minutes in,” crew Anthony Kotoun said.
The crew was satisfied with their decision as they were able to pick up speed in key areas of the course, “as we got to the top of the island it got windy, there was low flat water, and we were seeing speeds mainly in the high teens, sometimes in the 20s. We went through the bridge and felt pretty good about that. It was only 10 minutes
There is still time to attempt to break the new outright record and also secure one of the other divisional records: monohull and all sailing craft under 32 feet. If by October 31st, no other team in any division bests Bronco’s outright record time, Bronco will secure the outright record for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record.
The Around Jamestown Record, presented by Mount Gay Rum in association with Café Zelda and IYAC is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.
Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when to make a record attempt and also the direction in which they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.
Three categories of sailing boats will be recognized to vie for divisional honors with the overall perpetual trophy going to the boat with the outright fastest time. The entry fee is $100.00 per attempt for any vessel over 20’, vessels 20’ and under the fee is $50. A portion of each entry fee will support Sail Newport.
The divisions recognized are:
Outright Monohull keel boat
Outright Mulithull boats greater than 20 feet
All other sailing craft under 32 feet
The record will be open from Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013 until October 31st, 2013 during the hours of daylight. The yacht that wins the 2013 or outright record will be awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to the Skipper’s weight at the season ending awards party held at IYAC in Newport, RI.
Julianna Barbieri Manuka Sports Event Management Julianna@ManukaSEM.com 917-693-1656
For more information on the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record please visit www.AroundJamestownRecord.com