April 22, 1989 |
Great American, the last of five sailboats to leave New York in the Cape Horn Challenge race against time to San Francisco, was reported 300 miles past the turning point Friday and 2 days 7 hours ahead of the record. The 60-foot trimaran, with skipper Georgs Kolesnikovs and Steve Pettengill aboard, is chasing the record of 80 days, 20 hours set in mid-February by Warren Luhrs' 60-foot monohull Thursday's Child, which beat the 135-year-old record of 89 days 8 hours by the clipper ship Flying Cloud.
May 27, 1989 |
Unemployed, under-funded, every bit an underdog--and under the Golden Gate Bridge in record time. Georgs Kolesnikovs, son of Latvian refugees and a self-styled "middle-aged cruising sailor," fooled the experts Friday when he finished the 14,000-mile Cape Horn Challenge from New York in 76 days, 23 hours, 20 minutes 17 seconds. That broke the record set last February by Warren Luhrs, a Florida sailboat builder whose time of 80 days, 20 hours, 17 minutes had broken the legendary record of 89 days, 8 hours set by the clipper ship Flying Cloud in 1854.
February 10, 1989 |
One of the great sailing records is about to fall. Warren Luhrs and his crew of two aboard Thursday's Child, a 60-foot ultra-light sloop, Thursday were 325 miles south of San Francisco and 200 miles west of San Diego. In their grasp is sailing's oldest undisputed speed record, the clipper ship Flying Cloud's 89-day 8-hour passage from New York to San Francisco in 1854. Thursday's Child was nine days ahead of Flying Cloud's pace after 13,650 nautical miles.
February 13, 1989 |
Warren Luhrs brought his 60-foot sloop, Thursday's Child, under the Golden Gate Bridge and into history Sunday. A cannon fired from the St. Francis Yacht Club to mark the end of an 80-day 20-hour voyage from New York around Cape Horn. The time beat by 8 days 12 hours the clipper ship Flying Cloud's 1854 passage at the height of the Gold Rush. Flying Cloud's time of 89 days 8 hours had stood in the record book for 135 years.
March 30, 1989 |
A French stunt man failed to set a 'round-the-Horn record today but slowly continued to work his way toward San Francisco in seeking to become the first solo sailor to make the 14,000-mile voyage from New York. Philippe Monnet, 30, was unable to reach the Golden Gate before 7:42 a.m., leaving intact the record of 80 days, 20 hours set Feb. 12 by Warren Luhrs and crew in the 60-foot Thursday's Child for sailing from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn.
September 1, 1986 |
A yacht involved in a collision at the start of a 27,500-mile solo race around the world restarted Sunday as 23 other boats from 10 countries completed the first 100 miles in the second annual BOC Challenge. Thursday's Child, piloted by American Warren Luhrs, was hit in the stern Saturday by Ecureuil D'Aquitane, skippered by Frenchman Titouan Lamazou. Lamazou was trying to avoid a small craft when it hit Thursday's Child. Luhrs was towed to port with rudder damage and a broken antennae.