Endurance Run Record-Seekers 

raced October 12, 2013

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Golden Gate ••• to ••• Queen Mary


Golden Gate to Queen Mary

The racing team sped away on October 12 from under the Golden Gate Bridge, in an attempt to set a new world record for the 435 mile run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Pilots Nigel Hook, Dan MacNamara, Lance Ware and Andy Hindley were up to the challenge of the assault on the existing diesel record of 6 hours and 43 minutes set in 2003. Endurance runs between San Francisco and Los Angeles date back to 1929 when the race was against the clock and the sea — a genuine sea race — run far offshore, not round and round on a spectator-friendly short course. This type of endurance run hearkens back to the old days of offshore racing, when it was man, machine, compass ... against the savage ocean. The 2013 record-seekers piloted a 48’ APISA on the endurance run, outfitted with two of the latest Cummins QSB 6.7 550 diesel engines. They departed from the St. Francis Yacht Club accompanied by the official America's Cup umpire boat (a 43' Willard Interceptor) carrying APBA officials responsible for marking the exact time the APISA boat passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Both boats were designed by Larry Smith's Team Scarab Inc and built under a License Agreement with Team Scarab Inc. The race team used state-of-the-art satellite tracking and coordinated their course with the Coast Guard. On their arrival at the Queen Mary, they were met by the APBA Chief Referee aboard a Sunseeker Sportfisher finish boat.  Start video  8:32:10 a.m.  Hit 10 foot seas ... hard landings and off plane with electrical problems.  Bad fuel in main tank coupled with rough seas slowed their progress. Finish video 6:23:01 p.m. Time = 9 hours 50 minutes and 51 seconds. Valiant effort on a wild ride.
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