Raider, a custom-built S&S 48-footer skippered by David Ross of Annapolis, Md., set a new record for this year’s 16th running of the Bermuda Ocean Race, a 753-mile race down Chesapeake Bay to St. George’s, Bermuda. Averaging more than 8 knots, Raider broke record-holder Chessie Racing’s 2006 time by 45 minutes, finishing in three days, 13 hours, 18 minutes and 58 seconds.
The Bermuda Ocean Race was established in 1979 and is sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club in Maryland and the St. George’s Dinghy and Sports Club, Bermuda. The race is intended to be a biennial event open to both cruising and racing vessels. This year’s race included 26 competitors in four divisions: double-handed, mini 6.5, multihull, and PHRF.