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Wrapping up the 2017 Pineapple Cup!
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It's A Wrap!

The Pineapple Cup Celebrates its 2017 Winners at Awards Dinner


Prospector Awarded the Governor General's Trophy & Hermie Louise the Arawak Trophy
“Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.” Prospector’s Paul McDowell
 
The final party was last night at the Montego Bay Yacht Club where we celebrated winners of the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

A stunning evening under a moonlit sky had the over 100 attendees enjoying the superb Montego Bay hospitality while the hardware was presented.

Some of the notable dignatires in attendance included Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, MBYC Commodore Nigel Knowles and Royal Jamaican Yacht Club Past Commodore Andrew Thwaites.

The trophy itself was presented by Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan on behalf of the Govenor General Sir Patrick Allen. In addition to the Govenor Generals trophy, the Silver Rose Bowl was presented to Wizard for line honors. The Arawak Perpetual Trophy was presented to Hermie Louise for their first place finish in the PHRF division. The Silver Seahorse Trophy also was awarded to Prospector for the top corrected time in the IRC division. 

 
What they said...
Paul McDowell co-owner of Prospector said, The Pineapple Cup was one of those races that you remember from way back in the day. I used to do a lot of IOR races in the 1980’s, so you’d see Kialoa and Windward Passage win [the Pineapple Cup]; some of the greatest ocean racers of all time have won this race. So we said ‘this has got to be one on our bucket list that we have to do, the Pineapple Cup.’ And so here we are!

We have a mixture of professionals and Corinthians, we’re not one of the all professional crews where you have just owners and nothing but professionals; we race with our friends. Ken Read is one of the top professionals in the world, but he’s been my friend of 35 years, so he raced with us as a friend, not as a professional. [We said] 'Lets go have fun like we used to back in the day.’ We came to race with our friends, but we take it seriously.

Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.”

Acting Custos Rotolorum Claudette Bryan on behalf of the Govenor General Sir Patrick Allen. Custos Bryan said, “This is a wonderful tradition that Jamaica has held for many years and to see the camaraderie, the participants and competitors in this kind of fashion and to see the time and effort they have made to compete in this traditional race, it is an honor. And so I believe Jamaica has something great going and I encourage this race to continue as long as it can because Jamaica has much to offer.”


Eamonn de Lisser, Owner, Senara,"It's always a great race, this is my seventh, I love 'em. Sailing through the Bahamas was some of the prettiest sailing we've done and our last night was just beautiful lots of moon, light air, easy sailing. If you were cruising, you'd never stop!"

2nd place PHRF Renegade's Tom Slade, "If you’ve never done [the Pineapple Cup] before, you’ve gotta try. it’s got a little taste of everything for you, so it can be miserable and it can be exhilarating. Our last night we had great winds from behind us, we did a lot of time surfing, and it was an experience of a lifetime!"
 
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Prize Giving Ceremony
2017 Log Book Award
The skipper's logs are a long standing tradition at the Pineapple Cup and creativity is always encouraged. This year's overall winner went to the team of Amhas for their submission which included a text logbook with photos and videos to supplement! Check it out here
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Pineapple Cup Day 2 Recap
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2017 Pineapple Cup - Day 1 Update
 

Tight Battle Ensues for Wizard and Prospector in IRC while White Rhino and Renegade lead in PHRF
The first 29 hours of the Pineapple Cup - MoBay Race have been a tightly contested battle between Wizard and Prospector in the IRC Class! In the PHRF fleet, Renegade has been leading since the start but White Rhino is hot on their tail! As the PHRF fleet make the turn around Great Isaac in the Bahamas, they'll get into the classic running conditions the Pineapple Cup is known for.

The IRC boats are well into that weather pattern, having rounded Great Isaac early this morning. We heard from Mike Buckley, Tactician on TP-52, Heartbreaker, earlier today:
"The boys are getting used to being on port tack as we have spent 95% of the race hard on the wind on port. Not much to report, wind shifting between 55-90 all night, beautiful star display in the sky, very calm seas crossing the streams. We're pushing hard with a medium jib and dull main. Looking forward to a left shift and some down wind sailing to see if we can make up some time on the big boats in front."

The IRC fleet is now seeing wind speeds in the mid to high teens from the NE. They will be sailing downwind for the remainder of the 500 nautical miles to MoBay.

Hugh Piggin, Race Director, "The leaders are in a steady 10-18 knots of breeze which will hold for the remainder of the race. This is classic Pineapple Cup conditions as teams make their way to tropical paradise. At the current speeds, we look forward to welcoming the first finishers to Montego Bay on Monday afternoon."
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TP-52, Heartbreaker, rounding Great Stirrup island at sunrise this morning. They are currently in 3rd in the IRC division.




Class40 battle! Photo from Amhas, of them pulling ahead of Dragon this morning. Amhas is currently in 4th place in the PHRF division.
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CONDOLENCES 


We have very sad news for the MBYC and Pineapple Cup Sailing community.  Felix Hunter-Andre died suddenly last Saturday, while on vacation with her husband, Etienne Andre, in her first home, Guyana.  She suffered another aneurism.
 
Felix was the Race Coordinator for the Pineapple Cup for decades, from her arrival in Jamaica in 1972, spanning the reign of the Fletchers, to the early 2000’s.   She was a hardworking, meticulous and persistent organizer who took care of every detail for this major event.   Through good years and bad, she carried on.  Who’ll forget 1984, the year some of the fleet sailed into Cuban waters and were taken into custody by the army.  Thanks to our long time member and PC three time winner, Ted Turner, a phone call to his friend Fidel resulted in their release 24 hours later.
 
She also organized several MBYC fishing tournaments.  Most memorable of these was the year the Club adopted “tag and release” rules.  This caused something of a riot with the old timers but she talked them into it.  When the first boat released a marlin and reported in on the radio, the crew burst into song with “Please release me, let me go” saying this one’s for you, Felix!
 
Everyone who ever raced the PC or sailed into MBYC knew Felix.  She will long be remembered for her amazing contribution to the Club even being the first ever female flag officer at MBYC.  She married Etienne in 2009 and they moved to Kingston, and later to live six months of the year in France.
 
Felix will be greatly missed by her husband, Etienne, her brother, Bobby and sisters, Carrie & Allison, as well as cousins and all her friends in Guyana, Montego Bay, Kingston, America and France.
 
Fair Winds,  Felix.

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2019 Pineapple Cup Save The Date Announcement
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 2019 Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race

January 27th, 2019

The Montego Bay Yacht Club, Jamaican Tourist Board and Manuka Sports Event Management are pleased to announce the 34th Edition of The Pineapple Cup! 

 
***The 2019 race will start in Miami on January 27, 2019***
 
We're excited to bring you information on the 34th edition of the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race!  If this race is not on your winter sailing calendar, what are you waiting for? This, as always, will be one of the most-fun and challenging races of the winter!

The Pineapple Cup is hosted by the Montego Bay Yacht Club with the support of the Storm Trysail Club and the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. The event is once again open to multihulls and monohulls over 30 feet and will be scored under IRC and PHRF. 

The Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race is endorsed by the Jamaican Tourist Board and managed by Montego Bay Yacht Club and Manuka Sports Event Management.  
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A word from Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore Nigel Knowles
It is now just over a year to go before the 34th running of our legendary Pineapple Cup race from Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Pineapple Cup is one of the best ocean races around with not just fun and challenging conditions but great competition, and the warm water and sunshine in February that the Caribbean provides!
 
This year we are further developing the race with more boats and a staggered start so as to ensure all boats finish much closer to one another. This will allow for bigger parties and more opportunities to enjoy the Montego Bay Yacht Club, famous for being one of the friendliest yacht clubs in the Caribbean and always ensuring a good time. The staggered start will also allow all crews to be at our awards night which is shaping up to be a very big bash indeed!
 
With technology, skill and experience ever improving with each passing year we are again hoping for great weather conditions to gain that ‘Beat, Reach and Run’ race we have all enjoyed before. The Pineapple Cup’s race record of 2 days, 10 hours 24 minutes and 42 seconds set by Titan in 2005 is longstanding and there to be beaten – could 2019 be the year?
 
I invite you all to sign up early and help us bring in a large competitive fleet so we can get some great racing, exciting and fast sailing that all culminates in one of the most prestigious prizes and the best social on the sailing calendar. 

I look forward to seeing you at the start of our 2019 Pineapple Cup race.
 
Nige.
The Route: Miami > Montego Bay, Jamaica
 It all started in 1961 and has continually run every other year since...

One of the oldest offshore races on the calendar, The Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race started in 1961, making 2019 the 34th edition of the venerable 811 nautical mile race.

Immediately after the start, racers cross the Gulf Stream for the Northwest Providence Channel. The middle of the race offers a fetch down the eastern side of the Bahamas Island Chain toward the tip of Cuba. The final stretch is typically a sailor’s dream:  a 240-mile downwind sleigh ride from Cuba’s eastern tip, known as the Windward Passage, to the finish at Montego Bay. 
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Don't just take our word for it...
Ken Read, On sailing in the 2017 Pineapple Cup,

"You know I've sailed around the world a couple of times and two of the prettiest nights I've ever been out on the water for were in the last two days. Bright moon, stars, just gorgeous sailing conditions. I just did an 800-mile race and I didn't touch my foul weather gear, it's heaven. For people not to consider this race as part of their bucket list is crazy, it is about as good as it gets!"
Charlie Enright, Crew, Wizard

The race was great - picturesque. We reached through the Bahamas and then onto Jamaica, whats wrong with that? This was the brochure as advertised: start some place warm and you end some place warmer! 



 
Mike Hennessy, Skipper, Dragon, Class40

"This is my third Pineapple Cup, it's an awesome course. You go upwind at the beginning, reach by the Bahamas, then you have this awesome ride across the Caribbean...MOST of the time... not always, 2015 was a little bit different(!) but you live in hope that that's what you get because it is just champagne sailing. The best part is at the other end, when you arrive in Montego Bay, they're awesome!"

 
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Inaugural Cuba Cup in the Books!
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Amhas Wins Inaugural Cuba Cup!


Three boats compete in the first edition of the Cuba Cup, completing the 2017 Western Caribbean Race Series
"The Cuba Cup is a thrilling addition to the historic Pineapple Cup race, heralding in the start of the new Western Caribbean Race Series which we plan to run and expand on each time we host our legendary race." Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore, Nigel Knowles.
Three boats set off for Havana from Montego Bay last week to compete in the inaugural edition of the Cuba Cup! The Cuba Cup is a new, 611 mile race that makes up the second part of the Western Caribbean Race Series. The race, preceded by the Pineapple Cup, brings competitors from Montego Bay to Havana and east coast ports, giving boats a chance to make a race of the return trip to the U.S.!

This first edition of the race was run as a "gentleman's race," where competitors started at their own accord and reported their recorded start and finish times to the race officials. Overall results were calculated using a PHRF based formula.

The virtual start line was at the airport buoy in Montego Bay and virtual finish line off of Key West; competitors could choose to sail either direction around Cuba.

 

Amhas (Class40), Dragon (Class40) and White Rhino (Swan 56) battled it out to claim the honor of winning the first Cuba Cup! The three competitors set out on the new course between February 12th (Amhas), 13th (White Rhino) and 16th (Dragon). Despite having different weather windows, all three competitors rounded Cuba to the West. After all entries were submitted and scored, Amhas was declared the winner of the inaugural Cuba Cup!
 
Rob Windsor, Amhas, on winning the inaugural Cuba Cup, I’m ecstatic! It was really fun, not too tough and pretty fast. We were reaching/running after we started all the way to the western corner of Cuba, then we had a tiny little light spot followed by more breeze on the beam for the rest of the way to the finish. From the finish line off Havana, we carried on all the way back to Charleston. The weather was beautiful, it was sunny, we were in shorts all the way. No foul weather gear, nothing! We’ll be back in 2019!
 

Matthew Mullan, White Rhino Captain, "We had a great time doing the inaugural Cuba Cup. Couldn't have asked for better conditions. If you have to bring the boat back to Florida or anywhere in the U.S., why not take this route and make a race out of it? We were hoping for a little more helpful current on the west side of Cuba. I heard the Cayman Islands are an amazing fishing ground and now we now it's true [see photo evidence below]. When White Rhino Racing does the Pineapple Cup again we will definitely be looking forward to participating in the Cuba Cup!"
 
 
Congratulations to all competitors of the 
Western Caribbean Race Series!

See you back in 2019!
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Pineapple Cup Day 3 Recap
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Wizard Take Line Honors, Prospector in First Place on Corrected Time
 

Tight battle continues for PHRF with the first finishers anticipated late Tuesday evening
Peter and David Askew's Wizard crossed the finish line in Montego Bay at 09:00:15 ET this morning to capture line honors for the 33rd Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race! One hour 38 minutes and 50 seconds behind Wizard was the Shelter Island Partners' Prospector. If the provisional results are confirmed, Prospector’s finish is close enough to propel them ahead of Wizard for 1st in IRC and overall Pineapple Cup winners.

Ken Read, Prospector Strategist on the potential win, "It was a great race for Prospector. It’s a really good group, a bunch of old friends, a really good team. Really good boat. It’s a handicap, corrected time game for us and so far it looks good for us with Wizard. We worked hard I can tell you that, this boat is new to them and it was fun, but it’s bloody hard work.”

On sailing in the Pineapple Cup, “You know I’ve sailed around the world a couple of times and two of the prettiest nights I’ve ever been out on the water for were in the last two days. Bright moon, stars, just gorgeous sailing conditions. I just did an 800-mile race and I didn’t tough my foul weather gear, so it’s heaven. For people not to consider this race as part of their bucket list if you have a boat that even semi races is crazy, because this is about as good as it gets.

Paul McDowell, co-owner, Prospector, “It was our first time doing it — Larry Landry, Dave Siwicki and I. We bought a Farr 60 a few years ago to do bucket list races. We did the Transatlantic Race, we did the Fastnet Race, we did the Middle Sea Race, some of the iconic ocean races. And we had so much fun doing that, we said 'let's buy a boat that’s bigger and faster and even more exciting and lets continue to do all these different programs’. The Pineapple Cup was one of those races that you remember from way back in the day. I used to do a lot of IOR races in the 1980’s, so you’d see Kialoah and Windward Passage win [the Pineapple Cup]; some of the greatest ocean racers of all time have won this race. So we said ‘this has got to be one on our bucket list that we have to do, the Pineapple Cup.’ And so here we are! The race couldn’t have been better, it really was spectacular all the way along. It’s one of those rare things where you get to race through amazingly scenic islands, the weather is good, the wind is from the right direction, and you come to a spectacular place."

On the Prospector team, "We have a mixture of professionals and corinthians, we’re not one of the all professional crews where you have just owners and nothing but professionals; we race with our friends. Ken Read is one of the top professionals in the world but he’s been my friend of 35 years, so he raced with us as a friend, not as a professional. [We said] 'Let's go have fun like we used to back in the day.’ We came to race with our friends, but we take it seriously. We have all the weather data, the grib files, our own weather router, and we pay attention to all that, so we take the racing part seriously. But when we’re out on the boat we have a ball. We’re very intense but a lot of fun, a lot of laughs."


Peter Askew, co-owner of Wizard, "This was my first time doing the race. I grew up in the days of IOR boats and always wanted to do this as a kid and was happy to be able to do it. Dave [Peter’s brother] and I bought this boat so we could go around and do a bunch of these races that we always admired doing, so it’s fun. I would love to come back and do it again."

On what he liked best about the Pineapple Cup, "The whole race! Doing it in February - it’s nice to come down to warm weather. We did the Key West Race and then this one a month later and it’s good to put them back to back like that. Downwind once we turned from Cuba in was awesome. The boat does really well in that type of stuff and reaching down the Bahamas was really cool. It sure beats a bad day at the office."


Ralf Steitz, crew member onboard Wizard, former Americas Cup sailor and President of the USMMA Sailing Foundation "It’s great to see that we have two of these boats around to compete against each other. It gets pretty boring when the size gap is huge so to have Prospector on the water where we can push each other was really good.
 
On the Pineapple Cup,
"The Pineapple Cup is one of the greatest offshore races you can do. You have land in sight for pretty much the whole race and there’s really no other race that’s 800 miles where you have that. The Bahamas are beautiful. If you’re hitting it right and even if it you’re hitting it wrong you’re seeing some amazing sights."

Stay tuned, more action is coming! Heartbreaker is expected to finish in the early hours of Tuesday morning and the front of the PHRF fleet are expected to arrive Wednesday.
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Pineapple Cup Day 5 Recap
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Senara Finishes at 17:12:10
 

Grateful Red expected to arrive late in the evening on Feb 9
Senara was the sixth boat in the PHRF division to cross the finish line this evening at 17:12:10. Provisional results are showing them in sixth place in the PHRF division. 

Eamonn de Lisser, Owner, Senara,"It's always a great race, this is my seventh, I love 'em. Sailing through the Bahamas was some of the prettiest sailing we've done and last night was just beautiful  lots of moon, light air, easy sailing. If you were cruising, you'd never stop!"

Arielle de Lisser, Eamonn's daughter and one of the drivers onboard Senara, “This was my second Pineapple Cup, I did the race two years ago. On the boat, I'm driving every shift for at least an hour, hour and a half. The highlight for me was having the top speed, 14.5 kts. The worst part was sitting around in no wind, just after the Windward Passage yesterday morning, throughout the whole day."

Update on Merrythought: Merrythought have retired from the race due to technical difficulties. The boat pulled into Port Antonio this morning, the crew is safe and will be heading over to MBYC by car to enjoy the rest of the race festivities!

We had contact with Grateful Red's Chief Ration Officer today: "Have rounded Cuba on the "sleigh ride run". Winds are 5ish, spinnaker up, boat speed is pressing 5 knots on a stupendously beautiful morning. Crew is up having a cold round of Barley soup (aka PBR) ...

As the boat CRO, I misjudged the sleigh ride winds hence the ice has RUN OUT. True emergency conditions ... starting this afternoon - all rum drinks served on the Grateful Red Lido Deck will be WARM. Crew morale is dropping." 

Better hurry up and get to MBYC soon! There is plenty of ice and cold rum here awaiting their arrival!

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Finish Photos
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Spirit of Jamaica Night
Pineapple Cup competitors, friends and family are celebrating the "spirit of Jamaica" tonight with a Jamaican themed cocktail party at the MBYC! Guests are enjoying traditional Jamaican specialties such as beef patties, coconut water, Red Stripe and the signature Pineapple Cup drink: Smatt's rum, pineapple juice, ginger beer and mint! 

Thanks to Juici Patties, Red Stripe, Select Brands and Smatt's Rum for helping to make this evening such a success!
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2017 Pineapple Cup is Underway!
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11 Teams Set Off for Jamaica in the 33rd Pineapple Cup - MoBay Race!
 

Wizard and Prospector in a Tight Battle in IRC, Dragon Chasing Renegade for the Lead of PHRF
11 teams started the 33rd Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race at 2:05 ET today under sunny Miami skies in a very light 5 knots of breeze. The R/P 74 Wizard was first across the line in the IRC division just edging out the Mills 68 Prospector and TP 52 Heartbreaker. The Frers 62 Merrythought slipped across the start line of the PHRF division slightly ahead of Santa Cruz 52, Renegade. Five hours into the race, competitors are continuing to see light air as they head toward the first turning point of the race around the Bahamas' Great Isaac Island. Prospector has pulled ahead of Wizard to take the lead of the IRC division and Renegade has overtaken Merrythought for the lead in the PHRF division. 

As of now, the PredictWind weather routing is showing the fastest boats arriving into Montego Bay late Monday evening. Race tracking is available on the homepage of the Pineapple Cup website and will update every hour on the hour!

Nigel Knowles, Commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club, “Having sailed twice before myself and never seen the boats line up, it was quite a site to see. Being on board Commodore Munroe’s boat with the BBYC and our valued sponsors. Even though the winds were light you could see the excitement in the crews as they crossed the start line on this fantastic adventure.
I am very much looking forward to seeing all the teams in Jamaica as we give them our world famous Montego Bay Yacht Club welcome.”

Hugh Piggin, Race Director, “It was an extremely challenging start in light air, but the boats are on the way and the wind will pick up as they carry on. The forecast is for a solid east, northeasterly breeze and once they make the turn around Eluethera it will be champagne reaching and running conditions. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing who comes out on top”
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The Fleet
Amhas, Class 40
Dragon, Class 40
Grateful Red, C&C 121
Heartbreaker, TP 52
Hermie Louise, Little Harbor 78
Merrythought, PJ Frers 62
Prospector, Mills 68
Renegade, Santa Cruz 52
Senara, Farr 395
White Rhino, Swan 56
Wizard, RP 74
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Pineapple Cup Day 2 Recap
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2017 Pineapple Cup - Day 2 Recap
 

Wizard and Prospector Expected to Arrive in MoBay Monday AM

Plus PHRF Fleet in a Tight Battle!
Prospector and Wizard, leading the IRC fleet, rounded the waypoints off Cuba's east coast this morning and are currently south of Guantanamo in an ENE breeze of about 14 knots. Prospector continues to lead on corrected time while Wizard is in contention for line honors. The PredictWind forecasts show this breeze staying in the 8-20 knot range from this same direction for their duration of the race. Expected arrival time into Montego Bay for Prospector and Wizard is tomorrow morning. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for live updates!

The tight PHRF fleet is making their way through the Bahamas and are certainly keeping things exciting! Renegade, Amhas and White Rhino are leading the fleet, all within a 5nm range of each other, but it's Hermie Louise who is coming out on top when corrected time is taken into account! This is anyone's race! The fleet is forecasted to get into stronger breeze as they near Cuba so it's a race to see who gets there first and can make some gains on the rest of the fleet. Stay tuned to see who can come out on top!
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Onboard Updates






Woah! Amhas captures footage of the rare but infamous double rainbow!



Photos from day 1 onboard Prospector, taken by Matthew Landry, who is on the bow for this race with Robbie Kane.
Position Report
Positions as of 19:00 EST
IRC Division
PHRF Division
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