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Old 22-04-2005, 12:27   #1
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Rolex Transatlantic Challenge

Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005

The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005 is for monohull sailboats 70 feet LOD (length on deck) and longer attempting to break the world' s oldest ocean-racing record, that of the three-masted schooner Atlantic. Organized by the New York Yacht Club, with the cooperation of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the 3,000-mile race starts in New York on May 21, 2005, and finishes off the Lizard in England, covering the same racecourse followed by the legendary Atlantic 100 years ago.
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With its entry list now final, the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) with the cooperation of the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), is holding true to its promise of being one of the greatest sailing races of the 21st Century. On May 21, 20 entrants—ranging in size from 70 to 252 feet (21.3m to 77m) and averaging 112 feet (34.1m)--will set out on a course from New York to The Lizard in England, recreating the Great Ocean Race of 1905.
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Two of the world's fastest racing monohulls (“Maximus” & “Mari-Cha IV”) are set to go head-to-head during the upcoming 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge.

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Old 22-04-2005, 14:07   #2
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Thanks for the heads up. Since this is a race and not a cruise, I wonder why there are so many ketches? All else being equal, I would have thought a sloop would be a faster rig.
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Old 22-04-2005, 19:36   #3
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Wow Maximus is something. I reckon she will turn some heads. They are getting some fantastic speeds from her. I think the only draw back at the mo, is it is still early days for the crew and boat. They are still trying to come to grips with her and are learning something new about makeing her go faster, every time they take her out. I reckon the race to really watch her perform in, will be this years Sydney Hobart. She should have all the wrinkles ironed out by then and it is the main race the owner is aiming towards taking out.

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