Warrior sweeps honours board
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Leatrice Oatley presented the prizes for the Antigua Bermuda Race on Saturday evening at a gala prize-giving ceremony on the terrace of the clubhouse in Hamilton.
Stephen Murray Jr.'s Volvo 70, Warrior took Monohull Line Honours was first in IRC and in the CSA Division to sweep top honours. Allegra, the 78ft catamaran skippered by Adrian Keller was the second boat to finish on Tuesday, taking Multihull Line Honours. She also won the Multihull Division.
This was the first time in Bermuda for Allegra, but hopefully not her last. The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has invited her back to race in the next Newport Bermuda Race. Multihulls are invited to race in that classic for the first time in 2018.
Murray, from Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, is no stranger in sailing to Bermuda, but this is his first time coming in from the South. He sailed the Newport Bermuda Race and in 2012 was second in the big boat Class 8 and was top individual boat in the Onion Patch Series sailing Carkeek HP40 Decision.
From Bermuda, Warrior is headed to Annapolis, Maryland, where Murray and mates will race in the Annapolis to Newport Race and then race to Halifax, Nova Scotia. His goal is to do win the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy.
“This has been an unbelievable experience,” Murray said. “I have been waiting to get offshore with this boat since we got her and we want to do a lot more.”