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Tucana First To Finish 2011 Charleston to Bermuda Race.

To the swift go the spoils, or so the saying goes, and the Shipman 63 Tucana – with her Charleston-based crew – was nothing if not swift, at least she was for much of this 777-mile race. Sailing under full main and genoa, she crossed the finish line just East of St. Georges’ Channel around 8pm EDT this evening. Her official time will be posted tomorrow.


Despite their elation about finishing first overall in this contest, Hank Hofford, Susan Ford and the rest of Tucana’s crew won’t really relax until they learn the finish time of the OnDeck Farr 65 Spirit of Juno, their closest rival on the course. With a Performance Handicap Racing Fleet rating (PHRF) of -54 (Juno rates -33), Tucana must give her rival 21 seconds per mile. The race officials will multiply those 21 seconds by the course length to determine the margin by which Tucana must finish in front of Juno in order to beat her. Rough calculations indicate that Juno has to finish within four and a half hours of Tucana in order to secure victory. As of the 9:00 p.m. position update, the Spirit of Juno was still 36 miles from the finish, moving at only 4.5 knots. In the words of Lenny Kravitz, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Source: CharlestonBermudaRace.com

  1. May 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Tucanaaaaa! *shakes fist*


  2. gratefull
    May 29, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Nuts, the Spirit of Juno just missed the cut off time to take the Overall win … still, second place is way better than last, like last time.

    Hope Stephen and crew have a great time at the award ceremony (which they missed last time too) and rest up before heading back to NYC.

    Looking forward to how he rages about this next week! … ha, eat your heart out, Branson!


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