Classic Pineapple Cup Conditions
Published on February 4th, 2017
Miami, FL (February 4, 2017) – The first 29 hours of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race has been a tightly contested battle between Wizard and Prospector in the IRC class, while Renegade and White Rhino are at the front of the pack in the PHRF division.
“The leaders are in a steady 10-18 knots of breeze which will stay for the remainder of the race,” reports Race Director Hugh Piggin. “This is classic Pineapple Cup conditions as teams make their way to tropical paradise. At the current speeds, we look forward to welcoming the first finishers Monday afternoon.”
As the PHRF fleet make the turn around Great Isaac in the Bahamas they’ll get into the classic running conditions the Pineapple Cup is known for. The IRC boats are well into that weather pattern and are seeing boat speeds in the mid-high teens. They will be sailing downwind for the remainder of the just under 500 nautical miles to Montego Bay.
About the Pineapple Cup
Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. The 33rd edition starts in Florida on Friday, February 3. The race is hosted at the start in Miami by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club. The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75’ Reichel/Pugh designed maxi boat. For more information, please visit http://pineapplecup.com
Source: Julianna Barbieri