Collins first to finish Bermuda race


Of the 47 starters in this year's 753-mile Bermuda Ocean Race, which began off Annapolis last Saturday, only five LTC monohulls, all in Class 1, and the three multihulls had finished the race as of 6 p.m. yesterday.

First over the finish line at St. George's, Bermuda, was Gibson Island sailor George Collins' Tripp 47 Moxie, arriving 17 minutes after midnight Thursday morning with an elapsed time of 110 hours, 7 minutes, more than six hours longer than the elapsed time record of approximately 104 hours set in 1986 by Counterpoint.

Although official scoring will not begin until Sunday morning at the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club in Bermuda, it appears that Collins' lead in Class 1 is secure, because the second monohull to finish, the J/44 Cat's Paw skippered by William White of Arlington, Va., arrived yesterday more than 24 hours after Moxie, which owed Cat's Paw only 10 hours on handicap. The others remain farther behind.

The second boat to finish was the first of the multihulls, a 50-foot trimaran also named Moxie and sailed by James Rubenstein of North Easton, Mass., arriving at 2:26 p.m. Thursday.

Only Moxie, Cat's Paw, Annapolitan Bill McAteer's Astilerio 74 Chesapeake, Easton sailor Stewart Greene's Skye 54 Dove, and Severna Park yachtsman Carl Geyer's Hunter 54 La Chasseresse had finished in Class 1 monohulls. In multihulls, the finishers were the three starters, Moxie, David Bridges' Condor 40 Triple Shock from Virginia Beach, and Annapolitan Doug Wilson's Shuttleworth 42 Damiana.

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