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Our 2005 Season 



(May 22, 2005) This afternoon, 20 of the world's largest yachts set sail from New York on the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, 
a 3,000-mile ride across the North Atlantic bound for England's Lizard point in southern Cornwall and ultimately the Needles, Isle of Wight. 
We had sail out to see the parade of these beautiful ships on there way to the start of the race.

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Challenge is the 100th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club's race for the Kaiser's Cup, which was won in record breaking style by 
Wilson Marshall's Atlantic and America's Cup legend Charlie Barr, who was at the helm. Just as the 1905 race was delayed by a day due to dense fog 
in the start area, 100 years later the start also was postponed by one day, on this occasion due to a forecast of potential gale-force headwinds.
  With a gray sky and scattered showers over Manhattan, the fleet paraded in
line down the Hudson River, past the wall-to-wall skyscrapers of
Manhattan's financial district and the site of Ground Zero, to the Statue
of Liberty, and under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, marking the entrance to
New York Harbour. By the time the yachts had motored 15 more miles towards
Ambrose Light (the top end of the north-south orientated start line),
conditions had dramatically changed, revealing a brilliant sun, but light
winds: a fluky breeze of 3-5 knots shifting between east and southeast.

Along the race route, the only mark that must be observed is "Point Alpha."
This exists to give the Race Committee the provision to keep the yachts
away from any potential ice threat. This year, however, the U.S. National
Ice Service and its Canadian equivalent have advised the Race Committee
that there is very little threat from ice. Point Alpha has been set at 47
degrees North, 51 degrees West, some 90 miles east-northeast of
Newfoundland's Cape Race, allowing competitors to sail a course close to
the great circle route.
Late in the afternoon, Mari-Cha IV led overall. "The first line-up with
Maximus had the two boats performing very similarly with a small speed
advantage for Mari-Cha IV," recounted navigator Jef d'Etiveaud. "This is a
good feeling for us, as this weather could have given an advantage to the
smaller boat. Everyone is concentrating on the boat--there is not a sound.
It is a horrendous weather pattern for breaking a record, though."
Conditions are expected to remain light overnight
with the wind backing to the west. 

Curmudgeon's Comment: Drifting conditions at the start were tough for the
race entrants, but even tougher for the photographers. We have posted the
following image from photographer Onne van der Wal which does a good job of
telling the story:
We wish Rolex Challenge ships and  crews a safe passage cross the great Atlantic.

Roster of Yachts in Rolex Transatlantic Challenge





Salient Features



Stephan A. Frank
New York Yacht Club
Darien, CT

Tactician: Peter Kelly     Larchmont, NY

112 foot (34.1m) Swan sloop designed by German Frers. For More



Joe Dockery
New York Yacht Club
Cos Cob, CT  

Tactician:  Ken Read       Newport , RI

81 feet (24.7m) sloop.
Reichel Pugh design.
First yacht to finish the 2004 Newport Bermuda Race and most recently set a course record in the Fort Lauderdale-Key West Race. For More



The 174 foot (53m) Drumbeat was previously known in sailing circles as Salperton. Designed by Dubois, she is the sistership to Tiara, also entered in this race.



Mike Slade
Royal Thames Yacht Club
London , UK     

      Tactician: Julian Salter  
Cowes , UK

 97-foot (29.4m)
Reichel Pugh sloop.

Current Records : Hoya Round the Island Race Record 2001 and Cowes - Dinard Race 2001. Won the Fastnet Rock Trophy in 2003 for Best Overall Performance in IRM.

Mari-Cha IV


Robert Miller
Royal Yacht Squadron
Hong Kong

140 foot (42.6m) canting keel two-masted schooner. Designed by Clay Oliver, Greg Elliot, Philippe Briand, Mike Sanderson and Jef D'Etiveaud. Holds the transatlantic-passage record and 24-hour-distance record for monohull yachts. For More



Carlo Falcon

80-foot (24.4m) Alfred Milne ketch built by Fife in 1939. For More



Charles St C Brown &
Bill Buckley
, NZ

      Tactician: George
Auckland , NZ

A 100 foot (30.5m) carbon fiber super-maxi.  Designed by Greg Elliott and Clay Oliver. Features include a retractable canting keel and a rotating wing mast. For More



Dr. Hans Albrecht
Munich, GER

88-feet (26.8m) composite ketch built in 1938 to the design of A. Gruber. Before World War II won the Fastnet Race and in the process set the course record (88 hours and 23 minutes) that stood for two decades. For More

Ocean Phoenix


Jose Aguinaga
Madrid, Spain

77-foot (23.6m) Rob Humphries-designed sloop.  For More



Joe Hoopes
New York Yacht Club
New York, NY

75' (22.9m) sloop.
Designed by Ted Hood for Tom Watson, the IBM chief. Under Joe Hoopes'
stewardship won
class in 2002 Bermuda
Race. For More



Cortright Wetherill Jr., Charterer
Tim Laughridge, skipper

New York Yacht

130 foot  (39.6m) ketch.
Designed by S&S.
Finished second in the
Atlantic Challenge Cup, this race’s predecessor. For More


Colin McGill
Zermatt Switzerland  
Royal Thames Yacht Club 

80 foot (24.5m) Swan sloop, a collaborative design of Nautor's Swan and German Frers



Peter Harrison
Royal Thames Yacht Club
Reigate, Surrey , UK

The 115-foot (35m) ketch was designed by Farr for Peter Harrison, the America ’s Cup syndicate leader  from the U.K. She is designed to be a fast offshore racer and luxurious blue-water cruiser. For More

Stad Amsterdam


Members of the Storm Trysail Club

252-foot (77m). Gerard Dijkstra & Partners design.
Launched in 2000 as the first clipper ship built in 130 years. For More

Stay Calm


Clarke Murphy

70-foot (21.3m) Swan sloop designed by German Frers. For More



A. Robert Towbin,
New York Yacht Club
New York, NY

94-foot (28.7m) Fife ketch, built in 1914, won the Classic  Division in the Atlantic Challenge Cup, this race’s predecessor. Owner is chair of Rolex Transatlantic Challenge. For More



Arthur Bugs Baer
New York Yacht Club

William N. Hubbard III

New York Yacht Club
New York, NY

Tactician: Michael Lawson
London , UK

80-foot (24.2m) ketch designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1974, rebuilt in 2000. Third yacht to finish the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge.



Jonathan Leitersdorf

178-feet (54.3m).  Second only to entrant  Stad Amsterdam in size. Designed by Dubois and built by Alloy Yachts. For More



 Randall Pittman
New York Yacht Club
San Diego, CA

140' (42.7m) sloop designed by Dubois and launched in 2002. For More



..Hap Fauth,
New York Yacht Club
Minneapolis, MN

116 (35.4m) designed by Ted Fontaine and launched in 2003. For More

Windrose of Amsterdam


Chris Gongriep
Wormer, Holland

  Tactician: Gerry Dykstra Amsterdam

A 151-foot (46m) schooner constructed in 2001. A Gerard Dijkstra & Partners design and built by Holland Jachtbouw.
Holds the WSSR Performance Certificate for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a two-masted schooner. For More

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