slides: James Clayton Sattel’s RI Summer: Racing
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This week's gallery celebrates ocean racing, as Newport gears up for the America's Cup World Series beginning this weekend. While shooting the current events for an upcoming GoLocalProv article, Jim picked some of his favorite "vintage" ocean racing shots.
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Courageous & Liberty
This is a vintage America's Cup duel, staged off the shores of Newport in 1983, when 12-meter boats Courageous and Liberty battled in Defender trials in September. Liberty beat Courageous in 5 out of 6 races, to represent the US against the challenger, Australia II. The boat from down under won the series and took the Cup away from Newport, and the New York Yacht Club, for the first time in the history of the event.
She may look peaceful here, but George David’s 90ft maxi, Rambler, just smashed the 635 mile Newport Bermuda race record, clipping a massive 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket. The new record now stands at 39hr, 39 minutes, 18 seconds (subject to ratification) - an average speed of 16knots.
A delighted George David said. “These were perfect conditions. The most exciting moment was when we hit 26 knots. I’m so pleased with our performance. We have reduced the record by 25% - Not bad for a boat that is now 10 years old. This Rambler is the best boat I have ever owned!”
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