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"Privateer" Wins Another


 Congratulations to Ron O'Hanley and his crew racing the Cookson 50 "Privateer"

on winning Line Honours in the 2014 Fort Lauderdale - Key West Race finishing 44 minutes ahead of Steve Benjamins "Spookie" 

 "Privateer"was 3rd overall on IRC 

Cookson 50' 2nd at the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race 2013

Cookson 50' Pretty Fly 111 takes second place in  IRC 0 in the Rolex Sydney To Hobart Yacht race 2013

Congratulations to  Colin Woods and all of the crew


Cookson 50' 1st at the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race 2013


  Congratulations to Dr Darryl Hodgkinson and all of the crew of Victoire for an outstanding performance in the  69th edition of "The Great Race" winning IRC 0 from all of here at Cookson Boats.


Speedboat - Cover Girl

ImageThe cover page of Boat International for September 2008, a prestigious magazine in the superyacht marine sector will feature one of cookson boats most recent and high profile projects ... Speedboat.

This project was kept quiet during the build phase to protect client confidentiality. The magazine has an extensive article about the boat which we are sure you would enjoy if you manage to secure a copy.
The magazine is available worldwide.

For more information visit the Boat International website http://www.boatinternationalmedia.com or for more information and the latest messages from Speedboat visit http://www.mike-sanderson.com

Cookson 50 winner of Open Division in Newport Race

ImagePrivateer, a Cookson 50 owned by Ronald O’Hanley of Boston Massachusetts, is now the provisional winner of the Open Division in the Newport Bermuda Race ahead of Puma’s Volvo 70 Il Mostro skippered by Ken Read.

Today, Chief Scorer, Jim Teeters, noticed a mistake in the scoring for Class 16 and the Open Division. Privateer then posted a corrected time of 60:40:09. That’s 22 minutes and 42 seconds less than the corrected time of Il Mostro. The Volvo Ocean 70 crossed the finish line nearly 20 hours ahead of Privateer but now slips to second place on handicap in the four-boat division and class for yachts with canting keels.

Ronald O’Hanley and his crew from New England are already northward bound. They’ll have a nice surprise when they hear the news. They will be awarded the Royal Mail Trophy for first in corrected time in the Open Division.

Privateer’s captain, Ian Henderson, was taken aback when he was informed of the news. Already at home in Newport, all that Henderson could say was, 'I’m extremely thrilled.' He is going to contact Ron O’Hanley, the winning yacht’s owner, who is already back at work in Boston, and relay the good news. Recovered from the initial shock, Henderson said that the delivery crew left for Newport on Thursday afternoon and he was sure that O’Hanley would return to Bermuda for the Prize Giving on Saturday evening. 'You have to have a lot of good luck to win this race,' said Henderson.

By Lynn Fitzpatrick
Photo by ppl media - http://www.pplmedia.com
Article source - www.sail-world.com

Speedboat first to finish Newport Bermuda Race

ImageOn Monday morning at 9:12:56 Atlantic Daylight Time, Alex Jackson’s Speedboat crossed the finish line at St. David’s light in Bermuda.

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Ralph Richardson and Cruising Club of America Commodore Ross Sherbrooke greeted the first boat to cross the line and the first to finish in the in the Open Class Division and her crew by delivering two bottles of champagne to the speediest boat in the fleet. Speedboat’s total elapsed time was 64 hours 42 minutes and 56 seconds.

Less than 18 months ago Alex Jackson and Mike Sanderson started to shape their plan to design, build and fit out a super-maxi that would debut in the Newport Bermuda Race. Last Friday, Speedboat was in the limelight as her 99-foot long hull and towering rig waited for the start of the race. Within short order she passed the rest of the 198-boat fleet.

After leaving Newport with an upwind speed of 16 knots, Sanderson relayed back to shore, 'She is all very new and it is going to take some learning before we get 100% out of her, but there is no doubt in my mind that Speedboat is going to be a great boat.'

Pouring over navigator Stan Honey’s data early in the race, Sanderson and owner, Alex Jackson knew that this year’s Newport Bermuda Race was going to be 'tricky'. Going into the Newport Bermuda Race, Jackson, Sanderson and yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian, were hopeful that Speedboat and a dozen or so of the TeamOrigin America's Cup crew, would break the unofficial Newport Bermuda Open record of 48 hours, 28 minutes and 31 seconds posted by Hasso Plattner’s MaxZ 86 Morning Glory in 2004. 

Speedboat sets early pace to Bermuda

ImageAlex Jackson's 99ft super maxi Speedboat set the early pace as the 198-boat Newport Bermuda fleet began a second century of racing to the Onion Patch. The largest classes were in the Cruiser Division with 44 boats divided into three classes. The smallest was the entire Open Division, Class 16, with only four entries. Speedboat, the biggest boat in the race, caught up with the Double Handed class ahead in 7 minutes, including 10 minutes between their starts.

Before the start, Stan Honey, Speedboat's navigator predicted their finish time in Bermuda, 'Our ETA is around 1500 on Sunday, but we may get becalmed under a high system some hours before finishing.'

Under sparkling sunshine on a brilliant Newport afternoon, multiple boats were over the line early in the first 6 out of 16 classes at the start of this 46th Newport Bermuda Race. An ebb tide pushing against a nice 12 kt sea breeze forced the eager starters over the line in bunches. Taking a couple of tacks, the yachts passed out of the East Passage, into the Rhode Island Sound and headed south southeast to Bermuda.

Sinn Fein, a classic Cal 40, owned by Peter Rebovich Sr. of Metuchen New Jersey, got an excellent start in Class 1. Rebovich has taken Class 1 for three Newport Bermuda Races in a row and won the St David’s Lighthouse in 2006.

'Sinn Fein has placed first in Class 1 in the 2002, 2004, and the 2006 Newport to Bermuda races,' Rebovich commented, 'We have entered the 2008 Newport Bermuda Race to extend our Class 1 wins to four.'

Two Cookson Yachts Sailing in the 2008 Newport Bermuda Race

ImageThe 2008 Newport Bermuda Race will see two Cooskon built yachtscompeting for line honours. The first of which is the farmiliar Cookson 50 Privateer. The second is a yact we are not so farmiluar with and its progress will be closely watched, this is of cource the new JuanK 98 Speedboat.

The Newport Bermuda Race is a 635-mile ocean race, most of which is out of sight of land, usually lasting three to six days. It crosses a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean known for challenging weather, especially in the Gulf Stream, where there are strong currents.

Sail World USA – Comments from Richard Gladwell
Speedboat's performance will be followed with real interest in the Newport-Bermuda race. World interest will center on New York later this week for the start of the Newport Bermuda Race. This will be the first race outing for Speedboat, the new Juan Kouyoumdjian, designed 100ft supermaxi, and racing under the US flag.

Certainly when she had brief sea trials in Auckland, Speedboat was operating at another level from that had gone before. With a massive sail area, and phenomenal stability, it should have been no surprise that she hit a top speed of 29.5kts on just her second day out sailing.

With any sort of breeze, you can probably bet your house on Speedboat setting a new race record.

For those who have not been able to see Speedboat for themselves, we have republished and updated our gallery of images on Speedboat and her technology, taken from the dock just after she was launched in Auckland in mid April.

Artemis Leads 2008 MedCup

ImageAfter five races at the City of Marseille Trophy regatta, the second event of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit, it is the reigning MedCup champions Artemis (SWE) which leads by two points.

More information available from http://2008.medcup.org

Further updates will be posted shortly.

2007 Yacht Of The Year

Image When it comes to awards they don’t come much bigger than being dubbed Yacht of the year, and that’s exactly what Chieftain is.

Chieftain has won the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding racing achievement by a yacht owned or sailed by a RORC member as voted for by the RORC Main Committee. In recognition of winning the Rolex Fastnet Race, and second place in IRC in the HSH Nordbank Blue Transatlantic Race 2007. Congratulations - CHIEFTAIN, (Cookson 50) Ger O’Rourke.

More information available from www.rorc.org

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