First Newport Ensenada race finishers cross the line

Pyewacket, Roy Disney’s Volvo 70, got a clean and fast start in better than average Newport Beach winds yesterday, blasted down the California Coast averaging more than 12 knots per hour and crossed the Ensenada finish line at (a yet to be verified time of) 9:47:23 – a mere 12:11 shy of toppling of the current monohull elapsed time record.
From aboard, navigator Peter Isler reported that it was a beautiful race – smooth seas… lots of dolphins… and nice 10-12 knot breezes from the west which has allowed us to reach a lot longer than expected.

Jerry Fiat and the crew of Taniwha, a Farrier F32 SRX trimaran spent much of the race in Pyewacket’s wake before heading a little offshore to catch a little more wind. In the end, it cost a little more time but Taniwha was second to finish at about 11:10 p.m.

Zephyrus crossed the line right before midnight, with Peligroso hot it its stern just after midnight, followed by Compadres and the rest of the Maxi fleet closing in on Ensenada, Mexico by 1am.

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