Winners confirmed in Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race

Published on July 12th, 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia (July 12, 2017) – The crew of Airborne IV, a 50-foot Beneteau from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, has captured top honours in the 34-boat Performance Handicap Racing Fleet, the largest group of boats enterted in the 383 nm Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race.

Airborne IV arrived in Halifax after 2 days, 2 hours, 19 minutes and 45 sec, crossing the finish late yesterday. “It’s the best race I’ve ever done,” said skipper Bill Greenwood III. “There was no fog and it was just such fine conditions, everyone should have done this race.”

His son, Will Greenwood IV, was co-chair of the race, explained how the wind was us mostly downwind all the way. “It was a nice breeze, and honestly, one of the easiest races I’ve done. At the turning mark in Marblehead, we set the kite, then we gybed twice and we didn’t take it down until the finish line in Halifax. There were no sail changes and we had the full main up for the whole race. We have three spinnakers on board but we left the same one up the whole race.”

Will Greenwood says the mood on board was light and Airborne’s crew had a lot of time to enjoy each other’s company. “Last night, we were all sitting at the dinner table telling jokes. Mind you, this is the fifth race our core crew has done together. We counted up all the Marblehead races between us and it totals 92 races!”

Taking overall honors in the 13-boat IRC Division was the Shelter Island Transatlantic Partners’ Mills 68 Prospector, which also set a new elapsed time record of 28:28:50, beating the old record by 2:18:02. Overall winner of the 19-boat ORR Division was Michael Cone’ Hinckley B 40 Actaea.

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Source: Kathy Large

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