Roy P. Disney’s Volvo 70 ‘Pyewacket 70’ looks to be just a couple more gybes and 40 miles from the history books as of this writing. Ripping down the track consistently above 21 or 22 knots, the big VO 70 looks primed to score the trifecta – first to finish, fastest elapsed time and first overall on corrected time – in the biennial Newport to Cabo race.
After jumping out to an early lead over perennial line honors contender ‘Rio 100’, Disney and company wasted no time in legging out on the competition before the mighty Rio reportedly sustained a rudder linkage failure on this fast, windy, gear-busting edition of the Cabo race.
Additionally, the fast and competitive Kernan 68 Peligroso hit something at 1:30 Sunday morning that tore off one side of the kelp cutter garage, rendering them uncompetitive. With more potential damage, they pulled the plug (as it were) and headed home. They are do to haul out in San Diego today.
Unless Pyewacket falters near the finish, they should also set a stunning new course record, dethroning Doug Baker and Magnitude 80’s 16 year old mark of 2 days 13 hours and 25 minutes. With the breeze extending all the way down the Baja, Pyewacket should complete the 790 nm course in less than 48 hours!