One of the more lighthearted ‘records’ available to speedy sailors is the Around Jamestown Record, a pay-to-play competition for the fastest boat around the same Conanicut Island that features so much in Newport racing. The competition is organized by the same folks that brought you the Atlantic Cup, and other than bragging rights, its main draw is the prize for the overall record setter each year; main feature is a very cool prize for the overall record setter each year. It ain’t cheap, but we’re pretty sure it’s cheaper than 200 pounds of rum. It’s also the only organized record run we know of for this type of course anywhere in America.
We’re not sure how many boats tried it this year; in fact, we don’t know if anyone tried it besides the benchmark-setting Class 40 Icarus back in June and the guys who took the rum home. But take it home they did: 196 pounds of Mount Gay went to 196-pound skipper Dan Flanigan and crew Max Kramers, who sailed their Hobie Tiger to a 1:47:27 time for the approximately 15 NM course, beating Icarus by nearly an hour.