It’s every sailor’s dream: reaching with the spinnaker up and just blasting across the water.
The crew of the 72-foot mini-maxi design Shockwave had that and more in taking line honors and overall victory in the 32nd edition of the Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay Race, a biennial 811-nautical-mile jaunt from Port Everglades, Florida, to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The crew reported wind speeds reaching 25 knots and boat speeds topping 15 knots.
“We were going 10-½ knots, reaching with the spinnaker up, when a cloud line appeared and killed the wind,” said Shockwave’s Reggie Cole. “We took a header and had to beat the last way to the finish.”
Shockwave finished just after midnight on Feb. 9 with an elapsed time of 2 days, 11 hours, 5 minutes and 3 seconds, falling short by 40 minutes of the course record, which was set in 2005.