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Kiwi sailor in Atlantic crossing record

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/07/2016
Kiwi sailor Tony Mutter © Getty Images Kiwi sailor Tony Mutter

New Zealand sailor Tony Mutter was part of an international crew that has set a new monohull trans-Atlantic record from New York to England in the 30.5 metre Supermaxi Comanche.

The boat, owned by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Clark and his wife Kristy, covered the 2880 nautical miles in five days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds, passing Lizard Point on the English coast on Thursday.

Sailing at an average speed of 21.44 knots, Comanche beat the previous record by more than a day.

The old record was six days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds set in 2003 by Mari Cha IV.

Comanche's record must be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.

Co-team leader and trimmer Mutter said it was important to be fast and reliable to achieve such a record and he was happy for all those involved from the beginning of the project.

Australian boat captain Casey Smith said: "What a boat! Now we have got the 24 hours record, the Sydney Hobart, and now the trans-Atlantic. What a boat! Awesome!"

Comanche had been on stand by for a number of weeks waiting for optimum conditions to slingshot across the Atlantic, managing a fluid rota of over 30 world-class sailors over a three-month period, primed to be ready at a moment's notice.

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