Mari-Cha IV has run an historic, first ever 500 nm day under sail & extended her record
to 525 nm.
Recent Position Report Lat. 53 00.28° North, Lon. 21 32.92° West - 2290 Nautical Miles & 124 hrs into Her Transatlantic Record
Overall Average Speed 18.46kts & sprinting to 30kts +
With 635 nm & little more than a day to go she's running hard & will best the existing record of 212:55:35 by at least 2 Days. (I figger about 53 hrs at her current
Yes, those are both beautiful yachts & impressive performers. Cranky old romantic that I am, I'm partial to the NYYC series of the early 1900's ... the NY 30's, NY 40's, NY 50's, etc. (Herreshoff, N.G, was a GOD) The J-Class Yachts, of course, were the epitome of that era. In this day & age it's just a bizarre notion that one would commission a racing
yacht with careful admonitions to not spare the teak
or leaded & beveled glass.
Even so, I am immensely impressed with Mari-Cha IV. She’s performing flawlessly. Whoever even conceived of a sailing vessel that could potentially outrun a modern nuclear powered aircraft carrier, or roughly half of the “speed” boats I’ve ever owned. Her current run across the pond is a remarkable feat of engineering & seamanship, I am well & truly impressed.