The fastest sailboat in the Northeast, Jason Carroll’s MOD70 trimaran Argo (New York, NY), has set the new fastest elapsed time for the Around Jamestown Record on Tuesday, September 1. Electing to round Conanicut Island to starboard, Team Argo (Brian Thompson, Chad Corning, Charlie Ogletree, Anthony Kotoun, Tom Burnham, Jim Condon, Chuck Norris, Westy Barlow and Ben Bardwell) left the line off Fort Adams in a 22-knot ESE breeze on an ebbing tide. Completing the approximately 18-mile course in 52 minutes and 2 seconds, the 70-foot tri bested the previous record of 00:53:37, held by Zach Marks on a foiling kiteboard, by 1 minute, 35 seconds.
“We knew it was a fast trip but didn’t know how fast until we got to the bridge,” said Chad Corning. “Jason was disappointed to not be on board, but we have some new foils coming and we’re going to take another whack at it this fall.”
Open annually from Memorial Day until Halloween, October 31 during the hours of daylight, the Around Jamestown Record is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island in Rhode Island’s lower Narragansett Bay.
Sailors have until October 31 to attempt to break the new outright record and also secure one of the other divisional records. If by October 31, no other team in any division bests Argo’s outright record time, they will secure the outright record. For more information, visit AroundJamestownRecord.com. ■