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Local pair cross the line

Cover of darkness: Nasty Medicine has arrived home

Local yachts Nasty Medicine and Bermuda Oyster both completed the 51st Newport Bermuda Race yesterday.

Dr Stephen Sherwin’s Corby 41.5, Nasty Medicine, crossed the finish line off of St David’s Lighthouse under the cover of darkness at 3:37am followed by Paul Hubbard’s Oyster 435, Bermuda Oyster, nearly six hours later at 9:19am.

Nasty Medicine completed the 635-nautical mile race in an elapsed time of 109hr 27min 25sec that was later changed to 88:33:53 on corrected time.

Bermuda Oyster finished in an elapsed time of 115:49:24 that was changed to 77:32:20 on corrected time. Both local yachts competed in the popular St David’s Lighthouse Division with Nasty Medicine finishing eleventh among the Class 8 entries and Bermuda Oyster sixth among the 11 Class 4 entries.

Hubbard, 74, is making what could be his final appearance in the biennial race.

Nearly the entire fleet were expected to finish the race yesterday. Of the 169 boats that started in Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island, last Friday, two dropped out.

Ruse, a Swan 44, arrived in Bermuda yesterday by motor with Balliwick, a Blue Jacket 40, also expected to arrive yesterday.

Meanwhile, George David’s Rambler 88 overcame a slow start to take line honours on Sunday.

The 88-foot Juan K-design yacht completed the distance in an elapsed time of 50:31:51.

Rambler 88 held the Newport Bermuda Race record of 39:39:18 for four years before the 100-foot super-maxi, Comanche, helmed by skipper Ken Read, came along and broke it in 2016.

Comanche’s record of 34:42:53 still stands.

Jason Carroll’s multihull, Elvis, sailed into the history books after finishing first in the multihull division — which is among the new additions to the race this year — in an elapsed time of 63:25:32. The Newport Bermuda Race is jointly organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America. Jonathan Brewin, the past RBYC commodore, is the chairman of the race’s organising committee.