Nicorette's dash across Atlantic breaks Atlantic's 1905 record

May 25, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Nicorette, a French-built, 80-foot monohull, recently broke the west-to-east trans-Atlantic sailing speed record set by the schooner Atlantic in 1905.

Nicorette, sailed by Swede Ludde Ingvall and a crew of 15, sailed 2,925 miles from Ambrose Light off New York to just south of England's Lizard Lighthouse in 11 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes -- 14 hours, 39 minutes faster than Atlantic.

According to navigator Bob Fisher, reporting in Grand Prix Sailor, "under mainsail with one reef and a jib top, speeds of 27 knots were regularly recorded. A second reef was taken and the speed maintained with a top speed of 29.2 knots."

Nicorette is a Grand Mistral Maxi designed by Bruce Farr and Associates of Annapolis.

Atlantic set its record under legendary skipper Charley Barr, who drove his three-masted, 185-foot schooner through a storm at breakneck speed.

The top speed across the Atlantic was recorded by the 75-foot catamaran Jet Services in 1990, crossing in 6 days, 13 hours and 3 minutes for an average of 18 knots.

CastingKids qualifier

This year, some 150,000 children in the United States and Canada participated in Bassmasters CastingKids contests, and Kyle Crew of Betterton, Md., is among 10 youngsters who recently qualified for the finals in August at the BASS Masters Classic.

Crew, competing in the 11-14 age group, won the Eastern Division with a score of 140. The national finals were held in Shreveport, La., earlier this month.

The classic will be held Aug. 7-9 in Birmingham. Ala.

Free helmet program

CAM Corp., producer of the Cycle Across Maryland Tour, is accepting applications for free bicycle helmets for children ages 6 to 16 who otherwise could not afford them.

Applicants should write a letter describing why the request is being made and answering the question: Why do I need to wear a helmet? Letters should be mailed to CAM Corp., 7 Church Lane, Suite 8, Baltimore, Md., 21208.

The program is backed by the Kevin Lavin Fund, which was established in 1996 in memory of the 15-year-old who was struck and killed by a truck while cycling without a helmet.

Donors wishing to contribute to the program are asked to call 888-226-7433.

Rock-climbing camp

Earth Treks, a climbing center in Columbia, will hold a rock-climbing class at its indoor facility from 12: 30 to 5 p.m., July 14-18, for ages 6 through 16. Instruction will include basic climbing, knot tying, belaying and rapelling.

The cost of the accredited course is $125, which includes all necessary equipment. For more information, call 1-800-CLIMB UP.

Pub Date: 5/25/97

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