11 Teams are Jamaica Bound after light air start in 33rd Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race

Saturday, 04 February 2017

Wizard and Prospecter in tight battle in IRC while Merrythought led across the line in PHRF

Miami, Florida  (February 3, 2017) – 11 teams started the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race at 2:05 ET today under sunny skies in very light 3 to 5 knots of breeze. The R/P 74 Wizard was first across in the IRC division just edging out the Mills 68 Prospector and TP 52 Heartbreaker, while Frers 62 Merrythought slipped across slightly ahead of Santa Cruz 52 Renegade. Race tracking will update every hour at: http://pineapplecup.com The first finishers are expected late Monday night. Nigel Knowles, Commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club “Being on board Commodore Munroe’s boat with the BBYC and our valued sponsors was a terrific way to watch the start. Having sailed twice before myself but never having seen the boats line up was quite a site to see and 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 pretty keen to see who comes out on top.”

About the Pineapple Cup
Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. The 33rd edition starts in Florida on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The race is hosted at the start in Miami by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club.  The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75’ Reichel/Pugh designed maxi boat. For more information, please visit http://pineapplecup.com

About the Cuba Cup
The inaugural Cuba Cup begins on February 17, 2017. The 640 nautical mile race will take competitors from Montego Bay around the southern and western end of Cuba finishing at the Hemingway Yacht Club in Havana. The race is hosted at the start in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Havana by the Hemingway Yacht Club.  

Media Contact:
Julianna Barbieri
Manuka Sports Event Management/Pineapple CupClick HERE for images from the start

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