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2013 Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record Recognizes Outstanding Sailors and Record Breaking Times

 

November 9, 2013 – Sailors and crews who successfully completed and set new records for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record were recognized at a prize giving party hosted by the IYAC in Newport, RI this past Saturday, November 9th. With five months of attempts and record breaking only one crew came out on top, setting the new outright record. A total of 194 pounds of Mount Gay Rum was awarded to Skipper Jerry Kirby and his winning crew on Ultimate Pressure for their record-breaking attempt.

On October 24, 2013, just seven days before the 2013 window closed to attempt the record, Jerry Kirby and his crew of Ken Read, Kimo Worthington, Mark Kroening and Chris Fortin crossed the Around Jamestown Record finish line in 1hr 07min 59sec. This new and final outright record for 2013 shaved 5 minutes 18 seconds off the previous record. As per the make up of the event the skipper gets their weight in Mount Gay Rum so Jerry Kirby was awarded five cases plus one bottle of Mount Gay Rum as well as a spot on the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown perpetual trophy.

At the prize giving, Jerry promptly gave one case to each of his crewmembers and vowed to be back next year to attempt the record again.

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Huge Day for Record Breaking in the “Mt Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record”

New outright record set at 1 hour 7 minutes and 59 seconds!

Sailors have until October 31st to vie for the 2013 Multihull, Monohull and Outright Record

October 24, 2013 – Newport, RI – Four boats attempted the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. Records fell across the board in all categories with boats concurrently breaking the Under 32’ and Monohull records, as well as the Multihull and Outright record.

The first record of the day fell to Billy MacGowan onboard MacX who lowered the under 32’ record from

2hr 17min 36sec to 2hrs 10min 42 sec. Then just 21 minutes later Alex Wadson onboard Manic, the Shaw 6.50, crossed the finish line in a time of 2hr 00min 29sec to stake his claim on the under 32’ division and monohull division.

Outright Record Falls – Jerry Kirby and his crew of Ken Read, Kimo Worthington, Mark Kroening and Chris Fortin, aboard their 32’ catamaran Ultimate Pressure, took advantage of the strengthening afternoon breeze that had shifted into the west to shave 5 minutes 18 seconds off the outright Mt Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record crossing the finish line in a time of 1hr 07min 59sec.

There is still time to try to break the new outright record and also secure one of the other divisional records: monohull and all sailing craft under 32 feet. If by October 31st, no other team in any division bests Ultimate Pressure’s outright record time, they will secure the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record.

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32’ Marstrom Cat smashes previous Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record by 34 minutes 

New outright record elapsed time 1 hour 13 minutes and 17 seconds

Sailors have until October 31st to vie for the 2013 Multihull, Monohull and Outright Record

October 2, 2013 – Newport, RI – A new outright record and time to beat was set for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record Wednesday.  Michael Dominguez helmed his 32-foot Marstrom, Bronco, around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 17 seconds besting the previous record of 01:47:24 by 34 minutes 7 seconds. The crew chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams, on a southwesterly breeze ranging from 10 to 18 knots on an incoming tide.

Their record-breaking time comes with a last minute decision by the crew to change their course. “As we were out there warming up we saw the westerly moving in, so we changed our game plan and went north first. We tacked at the north end of Conanicut 28 minutes in,” Kotoun said.

The crew was satisfied with their decision as they were able to pick up speed in key areas of the course. Crew member Anthony Kotoun recounted “as we got to the top of the island it got windy, there was low flat water, and we were seeing speeds mainly in the high teens, sometimes in the 20s. We went through the bridge and felt pretty good about that. It was only 10 minutes from the top of the island to the bridge,”

There is still time to attempt to break the new outright record and also secure one of the other divisional records: monohull and all sailing craft under 32 feet. If by October 31st, no other team in any division bests Bronco’s outright record time, Bronco will secure the outright record for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record.

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 74’ Sloop Heroina establishes time to beat for 2013 in the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record with elapsed time of 02:01:13 

Outright Record Set in 2012 Stands At 01:47:24

Attempt Made in 17 knot Northwesterly on an Ebb Tide, October 31st is the final day to Attempt the Record in 2013

September 8, 2013 – Newport, RI – The 2013 time to beat was set for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record yesterday. Tim and Cathy Rutter of Jamestown, Rhode Island sailed their 74-foot sloop, Heroina around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 2 hours 1 minute and 13 seconds. The crew of nine chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction with 17 knots of wind in a northwesterly on an ebb tide.

Heroina recently won the Spirit of Tradition Class in the Panerai North American Classic Yacht Challenge. Skipper Tim Rutter said, “This is a great Narragansett Bay gem of a sailing challenge! There were nine of us sailing – all friends and all from either Jamestown or Newport…this was really just a sail to go out and have fun and we almost made it under two hours!”

The outright record set in a Hobie Tiger in 2012 still stands at 01:47:24. If by October 31st, no other team in any division bests Heroina’s elapsed time or the outright record time, Heroina will secure the 2013 title for The Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record.

The Around Jamestown Record, presented by Mount Gay Rum in association with Café Zelda and IYAC is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.

Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when to make a record attempt and also the direction in which they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.

Three categories of sailing boats will be recognized to vie for divisional honors with the overall perpetual trophy going to the boat with the outright fastest time. The entry fee is $100.00 per attempt for any vessel over 32’, vessels 32’ and under the fee is $50. A portion of each entry fee will support Sail Newport.

The divisions recognized are:

  • Outright Monohull
  • Outright Multihull
  • All other sailing craft under 32′

The record will be open during the summer months from Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013 until October 31st, 2013 during the hours of daylight. The yacht that wins the 2013 or outright record will be awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to the Skipper’s weight at the season ending awards party held at IYAC in Newport, RI.

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2012 Around Jamestown Record Set at 01:47:24

Trophy Presentation and Prize Giving Party sponsored by Mount Gay Rum held at the International Yacht and Athletic Club in Newport, RI

November 1, 2012 – Newport, RI – Friday evening at the International Yacht and Athletic Club (IYAC) in Newport, Rhode Island, Dan Flanigan and Max Kramers from Tiverton, Rhode Island were awarded the inaugural Around Jamestown Record trophy and their prize of Mount Gay Rum for setting the outright Around Jamestown Record in 2012. As part of the Record, the yacht that wins the outright record is awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to the Skipper’s weight. On Friday evening, Flanigan was awarded 196 pounds of Mount Gay Rum.

Skipper, Dan Flanigan stated, “We’re thrilled to own the Around Jamestown Record and we’ll definitely be back next year to attempt it again because we are confident we can shave off time from this year’s record.”  When asked what he was going to do with all of the Mount Gay Rum, Flanigan said, “Max and I will split it and I have a lot of friends here who I’ll be sharing this with!”

Race Director, Hugh Piggin stated, “The Around Jamestown Record was created with the idea that it will be a community event for all the sailors who spend a great deal of time on Narragansett Bay and I’m excited to see this first year go so well. A few people and organizations were instrumental in getting this Record going; Mount Gay Rum, who is very supportive of yachting, has made this event pretty special. I happen to think winning the Jamestown Record has by far one of the best prizes you can win and I’m thrilled Mount Gay Rum has been supportive from day one. Also, Tom Callahan from Café Zelda was key in helping bring the Record to fruition.  And lastly, a big thank you to the IYAC for their hospitality and putting on a great event this evening. We look forward to seeing the yachts out there in 2013 trying to beat Dan and Max’s time.”

On October 9, 2012, Flanigan and Kramers sailed their 18 foot Hobie Tiger around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 24 seconds. Their record will hold until another yacht can best their time. The timeframe to attempt the record in 2013 is from Memorial Day (May 27) until Halloween (October, 31).

The Around Jamestown Record, presented in association with Café Zelda and Mount Gay Rum and is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The 2012 record was open from May 28th through October 31st.  Similar to other outright speed records, contenders could decide when to make a record attempt and also the direction in which to sail around Jamestown. Therefore, contenders could choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.

The Around Jamestown Record Trophy will permanently reside between the IYAC and Café Zelda and it will recognize both the current outright record holder and the year-to-year winner.

 

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18’ Hobie Tiger Sets Overall Around Jamestown Record;
New Record is Now 01:47:24

October 9, 2012 – Newport, RI – A new record was set for the Around Jamestown Record today. Dan Flanigan and Max Kramers sailed their 18 foot Hobie Tiger around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 24 seconds. The team chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction with 17 knots of wind in a northwesterly on an ebb tide.

In addition to setting the outright record, Flanigan and Kramers also now hold the record for the ‘All Other Sailing Craft Division’. If by October 31st, no other team in any division bests Flanigan and Kramer’s elapsed time, they will own the Around Jamestown Record and Skipper Dan Flanigan will win his weight in Mount Gay Rum.

The Around Jamestown Record, presented in association with Café Zelda, Mount Gay Rum and Doublecross Vodka is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower

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Icarus Racing is First Team to Attempt
2012 Around Jamestown Record;

Benchmark is Now Set at 02:49:37

Attempt Made in 12-15 knot Northeasterly with a crew of 6,
Including Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Vice Commodore

June 14, 2012 – Newport, RI – Icarus Racing, sponsored by Bermuda law firm Trott and Duncan, set the benchmark for the Around Jamestown Record today. The crew started at 1:25:18 just off Fort Adams and completed the attempt with an elapsed time of 2 hours 49 minutes and 37 seconds. The team chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction.

Icarus, a Class 40 recently finished 9th overall in the 2012 Atlantic Cup and is due to start the Newport-Bermuda Race tomorrow. With a day of practice scheduled for the team, the crew of six chose to use the Around Jamestown Record for their training day. The crew included: Skipper Amanda Mochrie, Tom Knight, David Narchella, Henry Tucker and Somers Kempe all from Bermuda and Ben Poucher of Newport, RI.  Poucher was one of the skippers for Icarus in the Atlantic Cup, while Kempe is the Vice Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

In addition to setting the outright record benchmark, Icarus also set the benchmark for the ‘Monohull Keel Boat Less than 50 Feet Division’. If by October 31, no other team in any division bests Icarus’ elapsed time, Icaurs will own the Around Jamestown Record and Skipper Amanda Mochrie will win her weight in Mount Gay Rum.

The Around Jamestown Record, presented in association with Café Zelda, Mount Gay Rum and Doublecross Vodka is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.

Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when they to make a record attempt and also the direction in which they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.

Four categories of sailing boats will be recognized to vie for divisional honors with the overall perpetual trophy going to the boat with the outright fastest time.

The four divisions recognized are:
•    Monohull keel boats greater than or equal to 50 feet
•    Monohull keel boats less than 50 feet
•    Mulithull boats greater than 20 feet
•    All other sailing craft

The record will be open during the summer months from Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012 until October 31st, 2012 during the hours of daylight. The yacht that wins the outright record will be awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to the Skipper’s weight.