The record for the Newport - Bermuda route has long been held by the maxi catamaran PlayStation skippered by the late Steve Fossett. The Lending Club sailing team have set a new reference time for the route smashing the existing record and reducing the record time to less than 24 hours!
From the following article on the Royal Gazette:
Lending Club 2 successfully completed an attempt to break the Newport to Bermuda course record with plenty of time to spare.
The 105ft trimaran simply obliterated the previous record that had stood for 15 years, taking less than 24 hrs to complete the 635-nautical mile ocean crossing from Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport to Kitchen Shoal Beacon in Bermuda.
The new record, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, is 23hr 9min 52sec at an average speed of 27 knots.
The trimaran, believed to be valued at about $3 million, completed its record attempt at 1:44.32am — shaving a staggering 15 hours off the previous mark set by the late Steve Fossett aboard the catamaran PlayStation.
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