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Foiling Kiteboarder, Zach Marks, establishes new All Sailing Craft Under 32 feet record with elapsed time of 01:03:08; Misses outright Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record by 30 seconds
July 5, 2014 – Newport, RI – In the wake of Hurricane Arthur, a kiteboarder and an F31 team attempted to break the Mount Gay Around Jamestown Record on July 5th. A new record for all sailing craft under 32 feet was established, but the overall record set June 11th of this year by Bronco, a Marstrom 32, remained in tact by 30 seconds. Zach Marks of St. Petersburg, Florida helmed his foiling kiteboard, Cash & Burn, around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 3 minutes and 8 seconds besting the previous all other sailing craft record of 02:00:29 set on October 24, 2013. Marks chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams at 10:28:04 ET, on a northwesterly breeze ranging from 18-22 knots.
Five hours after Marks’ attempt, Bazinga!, an F31 skippered by Dave Lussier, attempted to break the record as well. Lussier chose to sail around the island to starboard. Lussier and Bazinga! sailed the course in 1 hour 33 minutes and 53 seconds missing the outright and multi-hull record by 31 minutes and 15 seconds.
Zach Marks, who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida and is an assistant sailing coach for Eckerd College has been kiteboarding since 2011, but moved into a foiling board in December of 2013. Marks is working as a sailing coach at Annapolis Yacht Club for the summer and has been following the weather in Newport looking for a good window to attempt the record and the remnants of Hurricane Arthur provided ideal conditions for Marks.
Upon learning of missing the outright record by 30 seconds, Marks decided to attempt the record again yesterday, July 6. Marks second attempt was slower than the first, with an elapsed time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 24 seconds. For the second attempt, Marks chose to sail the course around the island to starboard.
32’ Marstrom Cat slashes 5 minutes and 21 seconds off Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record
New outright record elapsed time 1 hour 2 minutes and 38 seconds
Sailors have until October 31st to vie for the 2014 Multihull, Monohull and Outright Record
June 11, 2014 – Newport, RI – A new outright record and time to beat was set today for theMount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. Jonny Goldsberry helmed Michael Dominguez’s 32-foot Marstrom, Bronco, around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 2 minutes and 38 seconds besting the previous record of 01:07:59 by 5 minutes and 21 seconds. The record setting crew included Tom Loughborogouh, Jono Loughborough, Jonny Goldsberry, Tripp Burd and Emma Creighton. They chose to sail the course around the island to starboard, sailing south from the start off Fort Adams at 14:15:17 ET, on a southwesterly breeze ranging from 10 to 18 knots on an incoming tide.
Last year Bronco broke the overall record on October 10th, 2013 with a time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 17 seconds, only to be beat out by another Marstrom 32, Ultimate Pressure, on October 24th.
Helmsman Jonny Goldsberry said, “Today, was really puffy and a little bit calmer on the backside [of Jamestown], plus this was the first time this crew sailed together, so we felt like we could have done it even faster. We didn’t start a watch so we weren’t even sure what time we had when we finished. We’ll definitely be back to attempt it again before the summer is out.”
Skipper, Tom Loughborough said, “First we want to thank Michael Dominguez for letting us play with his toy. He’s in Los Angeles today, so we called him up when we saw the weather and he gave us the go ahead. We also want to thank Sail Newport for supporting the class and allowing us to be based here. With Sail Newport in mind, on this special day, a big thanks goes to Edgar Cato, we dedicate this one to you.”
Sailors have until October 31st 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.
This post was originally published on the 11th Hour Racing website by Manuka SEM co-founder Julianna Barbieri.
This post was written by Manuka SEM co-founder Julianna Barbieri and originally featured on the 11th Hour Racing website.