Cape to Rip: Zephyrus nails record
The Reichel Pugh ULDB Zephyrus IV finished this morning @ (0149 eastern/0349 rio time/0849 South Africa Time). This means Zephryus IV has easily set a new record for the 3460 mile race. Her official time is: 12 days 16 hours 49 minutes meaning the 75 footer averaged 11.35 knots.
Next to finish will be Sagamore. The ILC maxi is expected to finish around 1100 eastern Friday.
Additionally Zephryus IV sits first on handicap. She is racing in the IMS division.
Key West Day 4
The breeze came back on day 4. Winds were in the 14-18 knot range, after two days of light air sailing. The breeze difference showed in the standings.
The IMS class saw a run of dominance by the CM 60's end, as neither won a race. Still, the CM 60 Highland Fling has a 9 point lead over sister ship Rima. 6 more points back is the Farr 52 Scream.
The big boat PHRF also saw smaller boats end a bigger boats run. The Farr 40 Uarshek won both races with the Farr 39 Fatal Attraction 2nd in both races. The Santa Cruz 70 Chessie Racing placed 3rd both times breaking a 4 race winning streak. Chessie now leads Fatal Attraction by 2 points.
The Farr 40 one design's had a day of mixed up standings. Surviving just fine was Atlanti XI which leads by 16 points over Mascalzone Latino. 3rd is Raging Bull. Current world champion Samba Pa ti is 8th, whole past world champion Barking Mad is 5th.
Heartbreaker had a triumphant day in the One Design 35 class. A 1st in race 6 followed by a 2nd in race 7 gave Robert Hughes both the boat of the day trophy and the class lead. 2nd is Tabasco 5 points back with Avalanche another point back in 3rd.
The French entry Villede StRaphael continues to lead the Mumm30's. 5 points back is Trouble followed by Turbo Duck.
The Melges 24 placings were the leas affected by the change in wind. 3rd place Rock N' Roll won the days 1st race, with class leader Full Throttle winning the 2nd race. Full Throttle leads Zenda Express by 6 points.
Day 5 the final day of racing should again be sailed in double digit breezes. At 0800 Key West had winds of 16 knots from the north. Weather buoys show North winds from 17 to 25 knots. The forecast calls for North winds of 20 knots with higher gusts.
This means that the final day could be a good day for smaller boats in handicap classes to place well. And boats that liked yesterday in the one design fleets should gain sail well. In any event today's racing will declare winners in all classes. Sailing Daily will prove a wrap up on Saturday.
(C)update: Keels in the Open
Yesterday saw the keels of the 4 remaining Cup winners unveiled. Prada unskirted ITA 45, America One USA 61 and Team New Zealand NZL 57&60.
The keel of America One's USA 61 has down swept winds on it's aft end. America One had by far the most logos and advertising on the keel strut and bulb.
Prada's ITA 45 also had down swept wings on the keels aft end.
Team New Zealand has yet to chose a boat so showed both of it's boat keels. Of note the wings on their keels were in the middle of the bulb.
The general consensus is that there were no surprises in any of the designs. They looked similar and likely will all sail at a similar. We can rule out lead as a factor in victory.