Heroina leads Around Jamestown Record
The 2013 time to beat was set for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record Saturday. Islanders Tim and Cathy Rutter sailed their 74-foot sloop, Heroina, around Conanicut Island with an elapsed time of 2 hours, 1 minute, 13 seconds. The crew of nine chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction with 17 knots of wind in a northwesterly on an ebb tide.
Heroina also recently won its class in the Panerai North American Classic Yacht Challenge.
“This is a great Narragansett Bay gem of a sailing challenge,” said Tim Rutter. “There were nine of us sailing, all friends from either Jamestown or Newport. This was really just a sail to go out and have fun and we almost made it under two hours.”
The outright record set in a Hobie Tiger in 2012 still stands at 1 hour, 47 minutes, 24 seconds. Boats have until the end of October to try and best Heroina’s time.
The Around Jamestown Record is similar to other outright speed records. Contenders decide when to make a record attempt and also the direction they will sail. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.
Three 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 entry fee is $100 per attempt for any vessel over 32 feet, $50 for smaller vessels.