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Another record falls to Mari-Cha

The records keep tumbling as Robert Miller’s Mari-Cha IV wages a three-year international racing campaign.

The carbon fiber 140-foot maxi yacht, which holds the trans-Atlantic record for a monohull, broke on July 8 the West Marine Pacific Cup record by more than a day.

Mari-Cha IV set sail from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, July 2. The crew completed the 2,070-nautical mile crossing, the finish line at Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay, Oahu Island, in 5 days, 5 hours, 43 minutes and 30 seconds, beating (subject to ratification) the existing record by more than 32 hours. The previous record, held by Roy Disney’s Pyewacket, stood at 6d, 14h, 22m, and 20s and was set in 1998.

Previously named the Kanuai Race, the first of the bi-annual Pacific Cups started in 1980. Mari-Cha III competed in the race in 2002, but failed to secure the record.

Miller, in a statement from onboard Mari-Cha IV, said: “It is an incredible feeling knowing that Mari-Cha IV continues to establish itself as the fastest offshore monohull in history. I would like to thank all of the 23 crewmembers on board and everyone involved in designing and building this magnificent yacht. I can’t stress enough that the whole project really is a tremendous team effort.”

The Mari-Cha IV team first made sailing history October 2003 when it shattered two of world sailing’s most historic and prestigious records: the west to east trans-Atlantic record and the 24-hour distance record. The yacht also holds the Guadeloupe to Antigua record.

The boat was built to break records. Mari Cha IV sails in a combination of the world’s highest profile regattas, a prestigious race series and record attempts.

The ultimate goal is the Jules Verne round-the-world speed record. Considered offshore yachting’s ultimate prize, the current Jules Verne record stands at 93d, 57m, 32s. It was set in February 2001 by Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux. Other yachtsmen are striving for the trophy but the Mari-Cha IV team says they don’t want to just beat the 93-day record, they want to become the first monohull ever to sail around the world in under 80 days.