Rambler 88 Finishes First
The Rambler 88 soared into the IGY Rodney Bay Marina on Monday afternoon at record speed crossing the finish line 8 days, 6 hours, 29 minutes and 15 seconds after leaving Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
It is the first of the 250-strong fleet to make the 2,700 nautical mile trans-Atlantic trek. What makes the victory even more remarkable is that the Rambler 88 has beat out the contenders in the ARC+ who left Las Palmas well before the ARC race started.
A small contingent of media and officials from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board sailed out of the IGY Rodney Bay Marina to catch the dramatic moment and welcome the 18-member Rambler 88 crew to St. Lucia.
Last year’s record, which stood at 8 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes and 45 seconds, was broken by 1 hour, 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The second yacht to finish in the ARC is expected to reach St. Lucia on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, the first boat in the ARC+ arrived in St. Lucia around 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday.