Bronco sets record circumnavigating Jamestown
A new outright record and time to beat was set last week for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. Anthony Kotoun of Newport helmed Bronco, Michael Dominguez’s 32-foot Marstrom, around Conanicut Island with an elapsed time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 17 seconds. The time bested the previous record by 34 minutes, seven seconds. The crew chose to sail the course around the island to port, sailing north from the start off Fort Adams, on a southwesterly breeze ranging from 10 to 18 knots on an incoming tide.
The record-breaking time comes with a last-minute decision by the crew to change its course.
“As we were out there warming up, we saw the westerly moving in, so we changed our game plan and went north first,” Kotoun said. “We tacked at the north end of Conanicut
28 minutes in.”
The crew was satisfied with its decision and was able to pick up speed in key areas of the course.
“As we got to the top of the island it got windy, there was low flat water, and we were seeing speeds mainly in the high teens, sometimes in the 20s,” said Kotoun. “We went through the bridge and felt pretty good about that. It was only 10 minutes from the top of the island to the bridge.”
There is still time to attempt to break the new outright record and also secure one of the other divisional records: monohull and all sailing craft under 32 feet. If no other team bests Bronco’s time by the end of October, Bronco will secure the outright record for the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record.
Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when to make a record attempt and also the direction they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather and tidal conditions.
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 20 feet. The fee is $50 for vessels under 20 feet.
The three divisions are monohull keel boat, mutlithull boats greater than 20 feet, and all other sailing craft under 32 feet.
The record is open from Memorial Day to Oct. 31. The yacht that wins the year’s outright record is awarded in Mount Gay Rum equal to the skipper’s weight.