2017 Pineapple Cup Fleet

11 Teams are Jamaica Bound after light air start in 33rd Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

11 Teams are Jamaica Bound after light air start in 33rd Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

Wizard and Prospecter in tight battle in IRC while Merrythought led across the line in PHRF

Miami, Florida  (February 3, 2017) – 11 teams started the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race at 2:05 ET today under sunny skies in very light 3 to 5 knots of breeze. The R/P 74 Wizard was first across in the IRC division just edging out the Mills 68 Prospector and TP 52 Heartbreaker, while Frers 62 Merrythought slipped across slightly ahead of Santa Cruz 52 Renegade. Race tracking will update every hour at: http://pineapplecup.com The first finishers are expected late Monday night.

Nigel Knowles, Commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club “Being on board Commodore Munroe’s boat with the BBYC and our valued sponsors was a terrific way to watch the start. Having sailed twice before myself but never having seen the boats line up was quite a site to see and even though the winds were light you could see the excitement in the crews as they crossed the start line on this fantastic adventure. I am very much looking forward to seeing all the teams in Jamaica as we give them our world famous Montego Bay Yacht Club welcome.”

Hugh Piggin, Race Director, “It was an extremely challenging start in light air, but the boats are on the way and the wind will pick up as they carry on. The forecast is for a solid east, northeasterly breeze and once they make the turn around Eluethera it will be champagne reaching and running conditions. I’m pretty keen to see who comes out on top.”

Click HERE for images from the start.

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