First ships crossing finish line
Today, American modified Volvo 70 Warrior has taken Line Honours in the Antigua Bermuda Race 2018. Warrior crossed the finish line at 07:57:48 local time Bermuda. With her enormous pace of over 14 knots average speed, Warrior has set a new race record of 2 days 18 hours 32 minutes an 48 seconds.
After an intense drag race of 935 miles, the German Team of Varuna was second over the line, finishing at 10:57 local time Bermuda. Being 13 foot shorter than Warrior, Varuna has shown incredible performance in keeping up with the turbo-charged Volvo 70. At the moment Warrior is in first place under CSA-Handicap whilst Varuna holds handicap victory under IRC at the moment.
Winner of AAR-Westbound Teasing Machine is expected to cross the finish line as third team. The French crew of Eric de Turkheim is currently battling light winds that make a take upon overall handicap victory less likely as the time-window is slowly beginning to close.
Further to the west of Teasing Machine sails German Class40 Iskareen. The yacht led by skipper Arnt Bruhns chose a more westerly course early on and are thus benefitting from more favorable wind-conditions despite the longer sailed distance.
Iskareen is on par with the J/V 52 Haspa Hamburg with the latter holding off fellow HVS-rivals on Broader View Hamburg on elapsed time. However, as Broader View Hamburg holds a slight rating advantage on Haspa Hamburg, this race within the race is far from over.
Photo: Ryan Breymaier