Bob Pethick’s Rogers 46 Bretwalda wins PV Race

Published on March 21st, 2014

(March 21, 2014) – The 32nd edition of the biennial San Diego to Vallarta International Yacht Race wrapped up today, with the last of the 23 boat fleet finishing.

Class 3 entrant Bob Pethick’s Rogers 46 Bretwalda became the first monohull to finish on Wednesday (08:20:25), and is now officially declared the Overall winner of the 1000 nm race. Bretwalda beat Fritz Lanzinger’s J/125 Hamachi by 0.2 hours.

Using ORR handicap system, Class 3 and 4 started on Friday (Mar. 14) and Class 1, 2, and Multihull departed on Saturday (Mar. 15).

The first retiree came quickly, with Brack Duker’s Santa Cruz 70 Holua losing their prop within the first hour of sailing on Saturday. The only other withdrawal was Bill Helvestine’s Santa Cruz 50 Deception, which dropped out on March 19 due to light winds off of Cabo San Lucas.

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 other Class winners were Orion (Multihull), Ricardo Brockmann’s R/P 52 Vincitore (ORR 1), Roy Disney’s Andrews 68 Pyewacket (ORR 2), Kjeld Hestehave’s Tanton 73 Velos (ORR 4).

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