Fort Lauderdale FL (Feb 8, 1999) -- Offshore racer Roy Disney has failed
by a narrow margin to break the record set by the yacht Windward Passage in
1971 for the Pineapple Cup Race from Fort Lauderdale, FL, to Montego Bay,
Disney's new 75-foot Reichel/Pugh 75-foot IMS sled Pyewacket glided across the finish line for the 811-mile race in Montego Bay on Sunday evening a mere 1 hour 48 minutes 27 seconds outside the long-standing monohull record. Earlier in the day Steve Fossett sailed his 60-foot trimaran Lakota to a new elapsed time record. Seven boats had finished by 1600 hours today.
Pyewacket, fresh from her builder's shed, was the second boat to finish. Her elapsed time was three days, five hours, 55 minutes and 20 seconds. The second monohull to finish was the Dumas 72, RX/Sight raced by Ola Astradsson for her owner Ludde Ingvall. She trailed Pyewacket by about six hours.
Disney was the corrected time winner of the IMS Class. Astradsson was second. The third placed boat was Issam Kabani's Farr-designed C/M 60 Rima.
In PHRF Class A, Fred Detwiler's 70-foot sloop Trader was first to finish but Larry Bulman's PJ 77 Javelin corrected out to first place on handicap. Trader was second on corrected time. Jim Muldoon's Santa Cruz 70 Donnybrook was second on elapsed time and third on corrected time.
The MoBay classic is organized by the Montego Bay Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
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