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RP 90 Rambler Breaks Newport to Bermuda Course Record

June 19, 2012

48th Newport to Bermuda 2012,     
June 15th 2012, 635 nautical miles, New York Yacht Club/Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Congratulations to the owners and crews of the Reichel/Pugh designed yachts competing in the 2012 Newport to Bermuda Ocean Race.

George David’s R/P designed and McConaghy Boats built 90’ Maxi RAMBLER finished the biennial 2012 Newport to Bermuda Ocean Race in 39 hr 39m 18s setting a new course record.
Rambler sailed an average of 16knots and smashed the previous course record by clipping 14 hours off the previous best time set 10 years ago by Roy Disney’s fixed keel R/P designed and Goetz Boats built 75’ Transpac Sled Pyewacket. Rambler has also taken 2nd in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division both in Class 10 and Overall under ORR scoring and 3rd in Class and Overall under IRC scoring.

Over the last decade Rambler has now broken seven ocean racing course records and previously, as Alfa Romeo, broke three course records.

A delighted George David has been quoted saying: “These were perfect conditions. The most exciting moment was when we hit 26 knots. I’m so pleased with our performance. We have reduced the record by 25% –
Not bad for a boat that is now 10 years old. This Rambler is the best boat I have ever owned!”

More information to follow on the R/P designed and McConaghy built 72’ SHOCKWAVE’S stunning overall victory under IRC and ORR in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division.

Reichel/Pugh designed yachts have a rich history of taking top spots in NYYC/RBYC’s classic ocean race from Newport to Bermuda with multiple Division/Class winners and 6 Line Honors and three record breaking runs since 2002.

2012 – 90’ Rambler – 1st to Finish- SETS NEW RECORD – 39hr 39m 18s – G. David

2010 – 90’ Rambler – 1st to Finish – G. David
2008 – 90’ Rambler – 1st to Finish – G. David
2004 – 86’ Morning Glory –  1st to Finish  – SET NEW (Canting Ballast) RECORD – 2d 28m 31s – H.Plattner
2004 – 52’ Rosebud –  1st Overall Racing Division – R. Sturgeon
2004 – 80’ Carrera – 1st to Finish – J.T.Dockery
2004 – 66’ Zaraffa  – 1st Overall Cruiser/Racer Division – H. Sheldon
2002 – 68’ Blue Yankee – 1st Overall Racing Division – R.Towse
2002 – 75’ Pyewacket – 1st to Finish – SET RECORD (Fixed Ballast) – 2d 5h 39m 22s – R.Disney
2002 – 66’ Zaraffa – 1st Overall Cruiser/Racer Division – H. Sheldon

Visit the event website at:

Visit the builder’s website for each yacht at:

McConaghy Boats (builders of Rambler, Shockwave, Morning Glory and 68’ Blue Yankee)

New England Boatworks (builders of Zaraffa)

Westerly Marine (builders of Rosebud)