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Two Cookson Yachts Sailing in the 2008 Newport Bermuda Race

ImageThe 2008 Newport Bermuda Race will see two Cooskon built yachtscompeting for line honours. The first of which is the farmiliar Cookson 50 Privateer. The second is a yact we are not so farmiluar with and its progress will be closely watched, this is of cource the new JuanK 98 Speedboat.

The Newport Bermuda Race is a 635-mile ocean race, most of which is out of sight of land, usually lasting three to six days. It crosses a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for challenging weather, especially in the Gulf Stream, where there are strong currents.


Sail World USA – Comments from Richard Gladwell
Speedboat's performance will be followed with real interest in the Newport-Bermuda race. World interest will center on New York later this week for the start of the Newport Bermuda Race. This will be the first race outing for Speedboat, the new Juan Kouyoumdjian, designed 100ft supermaxi, and racing under the US flag.

Certainly when she had brief sea trials in Auckland, Speedboat was operating at another level from that had gone before. With a massive sail area, and phenomenal stability, it should have been no surprise that she hit a top speed of 29.5kts on just her second day out sailing.

With any sort of breeze, you can probably bet your house on Speedboat setting a new race record.

For those who have not been able to see Speedboat for themselves, we have republished and updated our gallery of images on Speedboat and her technology, taken from the dock just after she was launched in Auckland in mid April.

 
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