Grand Prix Sailing News
PEYRON AND LEWIS SAIL CATAMARAN EXPLORER FROM MIAMI TO NEW YORK, IN RECORD TIME OF LESS THAN THREE DAYS
NEW YORK, NY, June 2, 1999 - 1:20 PM, Eastern Daylight Time Co-skippers Bruno Peyron and Cam Lewis sailed the big French catamaran Explorer past Ambrose Tower at 1:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time today, setting a formidable sailing record from Miami, FL to New York, NY.
The 86-foot world-girdling catamaran logged her finish time at Ambrose Tower at the entrance to the harbor. Her elapsed time was two days, 22 hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds for the 947-nautical-mile voyage, for an average speed of 13.37 knots.
The actual distance Explorer sailed as she tacked and gibed to New York was 1076 nautical miles, at an average speed of 15.2 knots. The best burst of speed her crew recorded was 32.3 knots. Her best 24-hour run was 440 miles on the first day at sea.
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), based in England, must formally ratify Explorer's unofficial time.
Explorer's crew of ten American and French sailors bounced on the trampoline netting deck stretched between her two slender hulls and cheered as she swept past Abrose Tower at 15 knots, pulled by a big blue and white spinnaker.
"It's great to establish a time that I expect will stand for some time to come," said Lewis, after finishing. "Our voyage and our record provide a tangible link between two great ports on the East Coast of the US. I hope we've provided the incentives for other fast sailboats to better it.
World record holders Lewis, from Lincolnville, ME, and Bruno Peyron, from Paris, France, were co-skippers of Explorer in their bid to put a Miami-New York passage time in the record books. They started off the Miami Sea Buoy at 2:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, on Sunday, May 30.
Campaigning Explorer in 1993, Peyron and Lewis were the first sailors to break the 80-day Around the World barrier, winning the Trophee Jules Verne. Peyron headed a crew of five on that occasion. Lewis was the only American. The two also set the Los Angeles to Honolulu sailing record in 1995. They were joined on this attempt by a crew of eight.
Explorer's navigator, Larry Rosenfeld, from Marblehead, MA, and Lewis are partners in Team Adventure USA which is preparing to build a 110-foot catamaran to compete in The Race/La Course du Millenaire, a non-stop, no-limits sailing sprint around the world which Peyron has organized to celebrate the beginning of the new Millennium. The Race, which is open by invitation to the biggest and fastest sailing craft in the world, will start from a Mediterranean port on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000.
Team Adventure guest sailors on the crew included five-time world sailing champion Lance Mehaney from Palm Beach, FL and veteran ocean racing skipper Rick Burnes from Boston, MA. Peyron's guests included his brother Stephane.
For Peyron, the Miami to New York record attempt is a tune-up for his upcoming attempt to set a new Atlantic crossing record. It is also an occasion for him to pursue his promotional campaign for The Race/La Course du Millenaire along the East coast of the United States.
Agence France Press photographed the start and the finish. Television cameraman and ocean racing sailor Rick Deppe sailed on Explorer and filmed the voyage for the television production and distributioncompany TWI which will produce a video news release and free feature.
Updates and photos are available on the web at http://www.TeamAdventureUSA.org and href=http://www.therace.org/english
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