The 289ft Perini Navi designed superyacht Maltese Falcon which is one of the largest privately-owned sailboats in the world had a fantastic start to the 2011 Transatlantic Race on the 29th of June, as described in Jeremy Smith’s blog, a Deckhand onboard sailing yacht Maltese Falcon.
“Yesterday afternoon, we had a fantastic start for the Transatlantic Race 2011. We were thrilled to see so many yachts and spectators come out to see us off! We started against Phaedo, the orange 66′ Gunboat catamaran, and they managed to sneak in front of us for now. After all, they weigh less than just one of our three rigs! Luckily, they aren’t too far ahead and we still have plenty of time to try and catch them. As of 1945 EST, S/Y Jazz is just off our starboard bow.
We had a great first 24 hours, covering about 320 nm with an average speed of 13.3kts, with 15-20kt winds and pretty flat seas. We have seen several whales and a few dolphins, and everybody is adjusting well to our life at sea.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress!”