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Trans-At race gets second showing

Gary Jobson’s documentary about the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005, which premiered on the Outdoor Life Network in September, is set to air again this month on Public Broadcasting Service affiliates in the New York metro area.

“Chasing Charlie Barr’s Record: the 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge” follows crews on boats like Maximus, Stad Amsterdam and Mari-Cha IV, as they competed last May in the famed race eastward across the Atlantic, ending at the Lizard, near the Isle of Wight. The documentary is scheduled to air on PBS’ WLIW21 (Plainview, N.Y.) Dec. 14 at 10 p.m., and on WNET (New York) Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

The 2005 race marked, nearly to the day, the centenary of skipper Charlie Barr’s win at the helm of the 185-foot schooner, Atlantic, in the 1905 race for the Kaiser’s Cup. Barr set the record of 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute, 19 seconds as the fastest crossing of the Atlantic during a race. Robert Miller’s 140-foot maxi yacht Mari-Cha IV beat that record this year with a time of 10 days, 1 hour, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

Sponsored by Rolex, “Chasing Charlie Barr’s Record: the 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge” was produced by Jobson Sailing, Inc.

An in-depth profile of Gary Jobson will appear in the February issue of Soundings.

— Jason Fell