New Antigua to Newport record
Published on April 11th, 2022
The MOD70 Argo has set a new provisional Antigua to Newport record of 3 days, 0 hours, 15 minutes, shaving approximately 5.5 hours off the previous mark set in 2015 by sistership Phaedo. The time becomes official when ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
Departing April 6, the route began with pleasant and fast downwind conditions through the Caribbean Sea, but became progressively more difficult. Big downwind conditions east of Hatteras saw required slowing the trimaran to keep things under control. Then a fairly large and disorganized sea state made the last night of the trip one to forget, but bright sunshine and flatter seas allowed the team to send on the final day and storm into Newport just ahead of the sunset.
The trip was not without incident as the team had to stop the boat several times with rudder bearing and mainsail lock issues but able to initiate fixes to continue.
Onboard was Jason Carroll (owner/skipper), Brian Thompson (navigator/sailing master), Chad Corning, Alister Richardson, Chris Maxted (boat captain), Pete Cumming, Thierry Fouchier, and Charlie Ogletree.