February 6, 2017

 2017 Pineapple Cup Wizard 2
Photo Credit - Pineapple Cup/Edward Downer

Wizard Takes Line Honors in 2017 Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

Prospector crosses line 1 hour 38 minutes 50 seconds behind Wizard

Montego Bay, Jamaica (February 6, 2017) – Peter and David Askew’s Wizard crossed the finish line in Montego Bay at 9:00:15 ET this morning to capture line honors in the 33rd Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race. One hour 38 minutes and 50 seconds behind Wizard was the Shelter Island Partners Prospector. If the provisional results are confirmed, Prospector’s finish is close enough to propel them ahead of Wizard for 1st in IRC and overall Pineapple Cup winners.

STC member Ken Read, Prospector Strategist on the potential win, “It was a great race for Prospector. It’s a really good group, a bunch of old friends, a really good team. Really good boat. It’s a handicap, corrected time game for us and so far it looks good for us with Wizard. We worked hard I can tell you that, this boat is new to them and it was fun, but it’s bloody hard work.”

On sailing in the Pineapple Cup, “You know I’ve sailed around the world a couple of times and two of the prettiest nights I’ve ever been out on the water for were in the last two days. Bright moon, stars, just gorgeous sailing conditions. I just did an 800-mile race and I didn’t tough my foul weather gear, so it’s heaven. For people not to consider this race as part of their bucket list if you have a boat that even semi races is crazy, because this is about as good as it gets.”

2017 Pineapple Cup Prospector
Prospector finishing - Photo Credit - Pineapple Cup/Edward Downer

An updated press release will be sent when results are confirmed.

Click HERE for high res images from the finish. Please credit Pineapple Cup/Edward Downer.

Please click HERE for photos from the start. Please credit Billy Black.

A complete list of registered entrants can be found HERE.

The next finisher is expected sometime this evening, with the PHRF first finishers sometime on Race updates will be sent via daily press briefings, newsletters, Facebook and Twitter.
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About the Pineapple Cup
Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. The 33rd edition starts in Florida on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The race is hosted at the start in Miami by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and at the finish in Montego Bay by the Montego Bay Yacht Club. The course record is 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds set in 2005 by Titan 12, a 75’ Reichel/Pugh designed maxi boat. For more information, please visit
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