Icarus is first to attempt Around Jamestown Record
Icarus Racing set the benchmark for the Around Jamestown Record last week. The crew started at 1:25 p.m. on June 14 just off Fort Adams and completed the attempt with an elapsed time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 37 seconds. The team chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction.
Icarus, a Class 40, recently finished ninth overall in the 2012 Atlantic Cup and also competed in the Newport Bermuda Race. With a day of practice scheduled for the team, the crew of six chose to use the Around Jamestown Record for its training day. The crew included skipper Amanda Mochrie, Tom Knight, David Narchella, Henry Tucker and Somers Kempe, all from Bermuda, and Ben Poucher of Newport. Poucher was one of the skippers for Icarus in the Atlantic Cup, while Kempe is the vice commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
In addition to setting the outright record benchmark, Icarus also set the benchmark for the division set aside for monohull keelboats less than 50 feet. If by Sept. 30 no other team in any division bests Icarus’ elapsed time, Icarus will own the Around Jamestown Record and Mochrie will win her weight in Mount Gay Rum.
Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when to make a record attempt, and also the direction in which they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.
Four categories of sailing boats will be recognized to vie for divisional honors with the overall perpetual trophy going to the boat with the outright fastest time.
The four divisions recognized are monohull keelboats 50 feet or longer, monohull keel boats less than 50 feet, mulithull boats longer than 20 feet, and all other sailing craft.