Mariachis, Margaritas greet finishers in Mexico

Published on March 20th, 2014

(March 20, 2014) – Since Bob Pethick’s Rogers 46 Bretwalda became the first monohull to finish on Wednesday (08:20:25), the 32nd edition of the biennial San Diego to Vallarta International Yacht Race has had eight additional boats cross the line as of 1400 today.

The 1000 nm race started for the 23 boat fleet on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15. With the withdrawals of Brack Ducker’s Santa Cruz 70 Holua and Bill Helvestine’s Santa Cruz 50 Deception, there now remain 10 boats still at sea.

Tom Siebel’s MOD70 trimaran Orion finished the race at 21:13:00 PDT on Monday (March 17), with their elapsed time of 2 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes eclipsing the 1998 record set by Steve Fossett’s Lakota, a 60-foot trimaran. As an unofficial entry in an ‘exhibition’ class, Lakota completed the course in 2d, 14h, 20m, 17s.

Also beating the 16 year old record was H.L. Enloe’s Orma 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe, crossing the finish line Tuesday (March 18) at 02:21:00 PDT for an elapsed time of 2 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes.

The provisional results have Bretwalda as the ORR 3 and overall leader, with division leaders as Ricardo Brockmann’s Vincitore (ORR 1), Roy Disney’s Pyewacket (ORR 2), and Kjeld Hestehave’s Velos (ORR 4). All four boats are now finished.

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