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off to the (motor boat) races


off to the (motor boat) races

It seems the World Cruising Club was making an emphatic point during this year’s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers – the incredibly successful ‘non-race’ started by cruising guru Jimmy Cornell in the mid ‘80s – by allowing Steve and Linda Dashew’s “unsailboat” Wind Horse into the transatlantic passage. The ARC has become an institution, and now in its 25th year, the waiting list (and entry fee) continues to grow.  By all accounts, cruisers are happy to pay the steep fee, for which they get some excellent seminars and safety inspections, some spectacular parties, and a safety net with which to cross the pond for the first (or 10th) time.

Yet racers being what they are, there are those that try to push the competition ahead, bringing a vibe that Cornell and others don’t want to see.  So they let a motor boat in, and not just any motorboat; a boat designed by a couple that have seen it and done it all under sail.  It’s worth checking out the Dashews’ updates – they figure they spend less on Wind Horse than they did on the gorgeous 78’ circumnavigating ketch Beowulf in her day, and in much more comfort for an older couple that can get their sailing fix in other ways.

Oh, and they’re winning ‘the race’ by a lot…Screen shot thanks to Yellowbrick Tracking.