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Reichel/Pugh 66’ KODIAK Wins Overall Performance Trophy at 49th NEWPORT-BERMUDA RACE

June 23, 2014 · Posted by kate


New York Yacht Club/Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (June 23rd 2014) – Edwin Llwyd Ecclestone’s R/P designed and McConaghy built 66’ KODIAK took Line Honors in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division and won overall Class 8 in ORR.  KODIAK repeated her Line Honors and Class win of the 2012 race and also won the Overall Performance Trophy as the Class Winner on Corrected Time which beat the next two yachts in her class by the largest margin.

KODIAK was formerly the BLUE YANKEE who was first overall in the racing division of the 2002 Newport – Bermuda Race.  KODIAK was originally launched as the Australian yacht EXILE and was built by McConaghy Boats in 1994 and took 2nd place overall in the 1996 Sydney – Hobart Race, with class wins in the 1995 Transpac and Big Boat Series. Read on for more about how Shockwave won.

Reichel/Pugh designs have a rich history of taking top spots in Newport – Bermuda Classic with multiple Division/Class winners and 8 Line Honors wins and three record setting races since 2002:

2014 – 72’ Shockwave – George Sakellaris
Fleet Line honors winner and winner of Gibbs Hill Trophy IRC & ORR & winner of North Rock Beacon Trophy
2014 – 66’ Kodiak – Llywd Ecclestone
Line honors winner in the St David’s Lighthouse Division and winner of Class 8 ORR
2012 – 90’ Rambler – George David
1st to Finish- SETS NEW COURSE RECORD – 39hr 39m 18s
2012 – 72’ Shockwave – George Sakellaris
1st Overall racing IRC & OR winner of Gibbs Hill Trophy & North Rock Beacon Trophy
2012 – 49’ Defiance – Hamnett Hill
1st Gibbs Hill Division Class 9 ORR
2012 – 66’ Kodiak – Llywd Ecclestone
Line Honors Winner of the St Davids Lighthouse Division, 1st overall in Class 8 ORR & winner of Overall Performance Trophy
2010 – 90’ Rambler – George David
1st to Finish
2008 – 90’ Rambler – George David
1st to Finish
2004 – 86’ Morning Glory – Dr. Hasso Plattner
1st to Finish  – SET NEW (Canting Ballast) COURSE RECORD – 2d 28m 31s
2004 – 52’ Rosebud – Roger Sturgeon
1st Overall Racing Division and winner of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy
2004 – 80’ Carrera – Joe Dockery
1st to Finish
2004 – 66’ Zaraffa – Dr. Skip Sheldon
1st Overall in St David’s Lighthouse Class 8
2002 – 66’ Blue Yankee – Robert Towse
1st Overall Racing Division and winner of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy
2002 – 75’ Pyewacket – Roy Disney
1st to Finish – SET NEW COURSE RECORD (Fixed Ballast) – 2d 5h 39m 22s
2002 – 66’ Zaraffa – Dr. Skip Sheldon  
1st Overall Cruiser/Racer Division and winner of the St David’s Lighthouse Trophy and Overall Performance Trophy

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Esimit Europa 2 Takes Seventh Line Honors Victory in Giraglia Offshore Race

June 19, 2014 · Posted by kate

Photo courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi / ROLEX

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Monaco (June 19th 2014) – Igor Simcic’s Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line off Monte-Carlo at 12:35 CEST, to secure the R/P-designed and McConaghy-built 100’ Super Maxis’ seventh Line Honors victory Read More …

Reichel/Pugh 72′ Shockwave has won overall the RORC Caribbean 600

February 26, 2014 · Posted by kate


2014 Royal Ocean Racing Club CARIBBEAN 600
(600nm) / Antigua Yacht Club

(February 26, 2014) – George Sakellaris’ Reichel/Pugh designed and McConaghy built 72’ Mini Maxi Shockwave has won overall the RORC CARIBBEAN 600 for the best IRC corrected time in the sixty boat fleet. The 6th edition of this increasingly popular 600 nm classic started off Antigua on February 24th and covered a tough and exhilarating course around 11 islands before finishing off Antigua. Read More …

Wizard Wins The Barn Door & 3 San Francisco Bay Area R/P Designs Take Class Wins In 2013 TRANSPAC

July 25, 2013 · Posted by kate

Reichel/Pugh Yachts Take Top Spots in 2013 Transpac Race

2013 Transpac Race (2225nm)
22 July 2013, Transpacific Yacht Club Read More …

Reichel/Pugh 86’ Windquest Takes Line Honors Win in the 105th Chicago to Mackinac

July 17, 2013 · Posted by kate

2013 105th Chicago to Mackinac Race, presented by Veuve Clicquot (333nm)
17 July 2013, Chicago Yacht Club (CYG)

Congratulations to Dick & Doug DeVos family and crew of the Reichel/Pugh designed/engineered and McConaghy Boats built 86’ Maxi WINDQUEST for taking Line Honors in the 2013 105th Chicago to Mackinac Race, presented by Veuve Clicquot. Windquest was first to finish in the racing divisions and the winner of the Royono Trophy.

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