Varuna takes overall honours
Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna VI is the overall winner of this year’s Antigua Bermuda Race.
Scoring the best corrected time under the International Rating Certificate, Varuna VI was presented with a sketch of the newly commissioned bronze sculpture, The Warrior Perpetual Trophy.
“In dreamlike conditions of 18 to 24 knots of breeze we were able to increase our 24hr run record to 465 nm in the Antigua Bermuda Race,” Kellinghusen said “Moreover, the race record was smashed by two boats. It was Warrior who set a new benchmark breaking their previous record. But Varuna — with about 4 hours more on elapsed time — won IRC overall in this extraordinary offshore race. With this time we also beat the previous race record by round about 20 hours. We are happy with this result and we are looking forward to returning for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta transatlantic race from Bermuda to Hamburg in early July.”
The American turbocharged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr that took Line Honours, was the winner of the Caribbean Sailing Association Class and was second in IRC. Warrior set a new record for the 935 nautical mile race of 2 days, 18 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds.
In CSA, Jeremi Jablonski’s American Hanse 43 Avanti was runner-up for the second year in a row, with Michael Orgzey’s German Swan 48 Dantes in third. In IRC Arnt Bruhns’s German Class 40 Iskareen was third.
As the sun set over Hamilton Harbour, the Antigua Bermuda Race came to a conclusion with a prize-giving ceremony held on the terrace of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Commodore Jonathan Corless was introduced to competitors and honoured guests by Chair of the Antigua Bermuda Race, Les Crane.
“Thank you to the competitors and race organisers for being part of yet another amazing Antigua Bermuda Race,” Murray said. “On behalf of the Murray family and Warrior Sailing it is my great privilege to present the Warrior Trophy to the Antigua Bermuda Race.
“The Antigua Bermuda Race holds a special place in the hearts of all of us at Warrior Sailing. It was the first offshore race for Warrior and our success in that first outing was proof-of-concept for the entire Warrior Volvo 70 project. We demonstrated that we could compete at the highest level of offshore racing while raising awareness of the great work that Warrior Sailing undertakes on behalf of returning veterans.
“I look forward to seeing Warrior Sailing and the Antigua-Bermuda Race flourish together in the coming years. In that vein, I am thrilled that the first recipient of the Warrior Trophy will be the team of Varuna VI. Their outstanding performance embodies all that this event can be: intense competition at the very highest level of the sport, in the most exciting of boats, on an extremely fast and challenging racecourse. May future recipients of this trophy be as deserving.”
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