BERMUDA – The 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch, The Newport to Bermuda had two great storylines as the race unfolded. Comanche, the 100 foot screamer owned by Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark and skippered by Ken Read, destroyed the Newport to Bermuda line honors record set by Greg David in Rambler by nearly five hours.
Comanche cruised to Bermuda and St. David’s lighthouse in a jaw dropping time of of 34 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds. Record time recorded, you can’t get a better story right. Wrong and that’s why the Newport to Bermuda is such a great race. High Noon was the surprising second place finisher. Why surprising you ask, a combination of the relatively small size of the boat at 41 feet and the crew which consisted of three adults and seven teenagers. The Tripp 41 was loaned by the US Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation to the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team at American Yacht Club (Rye, NY). Steve and Heidi Benjamin had donated the boat in May 2016 to the US Merchant Marine Academy. High Noon took him first in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division and was second in the fleet on elapsed time.
Congratulations to all of those who competed and we can’t wait for the 51 st edition in less than two years!