New Outright Record for Around Jamestown

Published on October 28th, 2016

Newport, RI (October 28, 2016) – Zach Marks of St. Petersburg, Florida set today set a new Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record, riding his foiling kiteboard for an elapsed time of 53 minutes and 37 seconds. This bests the previous record of 00:56:33, held by Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3, by 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

Marks chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams at 12:00:58 EDT. All previous record attempts were set sailing around the island to starboard. Marks departed in a WNW breeze ranging from 20-25 knots at the end of an ebbing tide.

This was Mark’s third attempt to set the Around Jamestown Record. His prior attempts, also on a foiling kiteboard, were 01:09:24 and 01:03:08 in July 2014. He used a 10m F-One foil kite, on 15-meter lines. The board is an Alex Aguera and fitted with a Spotz hydrofoil.

“Setting the record for this race was something that was always on my bucket list,” Marks said. “The format and prize are so unique. It’s a refreshing break from traditional windward leeward racing. Thanks to the local Rhode Island support crew who came out to help me. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“The attempt was a reach most of the way around, a little upwind at the north end of the island and really, really windy up there and big ocean swell down at Beavertail. Super gusty pretty much everywhere.

“I was going underneath the Jamestown Bridge, trying to do a wider groove because you’re getting ready for that blast and then the lull. I kind of got lulled and my lines went really slack and then the kite powered up really quick and I couldn’t bear away enough so I over-foiled and dropped the kite in the water.

“That’s pretty much the worst place you want to be down because the wind’s so gusty, but luckily [the kite] came up pretty quick. That probably cost me 15-20 seconds. I had a couple of other wipeouts, but nothing yarded [no equipment scattered everywhere] too far.”

About Around Jamestown Record
The 2016 record season is open from Memorial Day, May 25th until Halloween, October 31st during the hours of daylight. The yacht that wins the 2016 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, date TBD.

The annual divisions recognized are:
• Monohull 32’ and Above – 2014: 72’ mini-maxi, Bella Mente 01:19:35
• Monohull below 32’ – 2013: Shaw 6.50, Manic, 2:00:29
• Multihull 32’ and Above – 2015: MOD70 Phaedo3, 00:56:33
• Multihull below 32’ – 2014: F31, Bazinga!, 01:33:53
• Kiteboards and All Foiling Craft – 2016: Foiling Kiteboard, Florida Pure Premium Express, 00:53:37

The Around Jamestown Record presented by Mount Gay Rum in association with IYAC is a perpetual all out record for sailing the 18 nm course around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Similar to other outright speed records, contenders decide when to make their record attempt and also which direction they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record. Details.

Source: Julianna Barbieri, Manuka Sports Event Management

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