VIDEO: Crew sets new Bermuda race record

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Chris Fertig broke the New York to Bermuda Challenge record this weekend in his 37-foot Statement Marine center console with twin 350-hp Mercury TDI (turbocharged direct injection) diesels, making the 780-mile sojourn from the Statue of Liberty to St. George, Bermuda, in 21 hours and 39 minutes.

Severe weather stopped Fertig last September in his first attempt.

“We think we’ve done our homework and learned a lot since making our unsuccessful run,” Fertig told Soundings Trade Only on Friday afternoon, about 18 hours before casting off. “We’ve been waiting since May for a good weather forecast, and we have it with a low chance of thunderstorms and 2- to 3-foot seas most of the way.”

Click here for the full report with video interview of Fertig.

— Chris Landry