Argo scorches Pineapple Cup records
Published on January 30th, 2019
Montego Bay, Jamaica (January 30, 2019) – Jason Carroll’s MOD 70 Argo crossed the finish line in Montego Bay today at 14:12:44 ET to capture line honors and a new course record in the 34th Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race. Argo’s elapsed time of 2 days 7 minutes 44 seconds over the 811nm course slashed the previous record by 10 hours 16 minutes and 58 seconds. Their time also breaks the multihull record set by Steve Fosset’s Lakota in 1999 by 20 hours 21 seconds.
“It was a really fun race, it had a lot of different things happening,” noted Jason Carroll, owner/skipper of Argo. “The start was the best part, it was so exciting, that first 60 miles across the Gulf Stream was just a handful, it was really fun it was fast, it was the biggest waves we’ve ever sailed in as a team.
“This is a new adventure for us sailing the MOD 70, so we’re all kinda working up through all of the different regattas we can do over the course of the year to practice and see what we ultimately want to do with it. I think the Pineapple Cup and the Caribbean 600 are both great training regattas for the Transpac, which we want to do in July.”
Currently in the PHRF division, the Santa Cruz 52 Sin Duda! leads for line honors, however, the Farr 395 Senara is leading on corrected time. The first finisher in PHRF is expected tomorrow.
Jason Carroll (USA)
Chad Corning (USA)
Westy Barlow (USA)
Thierry Fouchier (FRA)
Anthony Kotoun (USA)
Scott Norris (USA)
Anderson Reggio (USA)
Alister Richardson (GBR)
Brian Thompson (GBR)
This is the first time since 2003 that multihulls have competed in the Pineapple Cup. Argo broke the multihull course record set in 1999 by the late Steve Fosset’s Orma60 Lakota by 20 hours and 21 seconds
Argo’s time also sets the outright course record at 2 days, 0 hours, 7 minutes minutes and 44 seconds besting Titan 12s record set in 2005 by 10 hours 16 minutes 58 seconds.
Titan 12’s record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds still stands as the monohull record.
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 34th edition had starts in Florida on Sunday, January 27th at 11h00 and Monday 28th, January at 14h00.
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.
Source: Manuka Sports Event Management