Space Monkey arrives first in Marblehead-to-Halifax race

Sailors in the 39th Marblehead-to-Halifax race have started crossing the finish line.

On July 11, the 68-foot yacht, Space Monkey, commanded the spotlight, crossing the finish line first. Its 15-member crew sailed past the finish line at 2:43 p.m. ADT, completing the journey is one day, 23 hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds.

Space Monkey sailed past the finish line July 11 at 2:43 p.m. ADT, completing its voyage in one day, 23 hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds. COURTESY PHOTO

Co-owned by David Greenstein and co-skippered by Nelson Mills, Space Monkey took “line honors,” first to finish in the ORR (Official Racing Rule) Division and third in ORR-1. Space Monkey is from Stamford, Connecticut.

Following closely behind Space Monkey in the same ORR-1 division was the Naval Academy’s 66-foot Reichel Pugh, Kodiak. Led by Javier Jimenez Kane and a team of 16, Kodiak sailed past the finish line at 4:22 p.m. ADT. It took Kodiak two days, 57 minutes and 17 seconds to complete the race.

Kodiak crew members arrive in Halifax. Helmsman Javier Jimenez Kane noted that his crew of 16 undergraduate young men and women included five seniors, six juniors and five freshmen. COURTESY PHOTO

Despite finishing second, Kodiak is in line to secure the first place in ORR-1 when considering corrected time. This means it has sailed the best race relative to the boat’s potential performance, even though it didn’t cross the finish line first.

In sailing, “corrected time” is like leveling the score in a race. It’s the time it takes a boat to finish the race, but with some alterations. These alterations consider things like the boat’s size, design and other features that can affect how fast it goes. Like a golf handicap, it’s way to make the race fair.

Seventy boats are competing, crewed by approximately 600 sailors from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.

As the race progresses, people can track the competition in real-time on GPS transponders are on each boat.

The Marblehead Current has created a chart of Marblehead-specific racers on Wednesday afternoon.

Boat Name Boat Class Speed Skipper Owner Position at Lat/Lon DTF Distance (last 24hrs) Place in Line Honours
Hafa Adai J 109 – USA 289 5.8 knots @ 60.87° Eliot Shanabrook Eliot Shanabrook 12 Jul 2023 16:00 ADT 44° 25.13 N, 063° 30.73 W 8.5 NM 111 NM 36th
Fast Company III J 133 – USA 52427 0.0 knots @ 0.00° Philip Helmes Philip Helmes 12 Jul 2023 15:00 ADT 44° 37.25 N, 063° 34.80 W Finished at 12 Jul 2023 12:53 ADT 109 NM 8th
Eos Taylor – USA 50926 4.8 knots @ 71.34° JB Braun JB Braun 12 Jul 2023 15:30 ADT 43° 58.63 N, 064° 16.86 W 48.2 NM 79 NM 47th
Hall pass Frers36 – USA 40657 4.2 knots @ 51.77° John Thompson John Thompson 12 Jul 2023 15:30 ADT 43° 57.94 N, 064° 21.52 W 51.0 NM 76 NM 52nd
Thirst Gunboat 55 – USA 55007 0.1 knots @ 54.91° Seamus Hourihan Seamus Hourihan 12 Jul 2023 15:15 ADT 44° 37.25 N, 063° 34.80 W 0.0 NM 81 NM 28th
Chariad J 130 – USA 50513 3.3 knots @ 12.55° Rick Williams Rick Williams 12 Jul 2023 15:45 ADT 44° 17.84 N, 063° 31.59 W 15.8 NM 104 NM 37th

The Marblehead Current will provide updates as results come in.

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