Thanks for the support. We did race against an F31R and they were clearly faster than us in light air out of the bay. We had a strategic difference that benefited us, so it wasn't apples for apples during the first 24 hours. They stayed closer to rhumbline and we went as far east as we could. 24 hours into it they were ahead DTF, but only a little further south than us (Pensacola to Isla Mujeres). We rolled the dice on a big shift filling in from the East and we both sailed most of the night in very light wind that first night. By day break the wind began it's 270 degree swing to the east, and we were over 20 miles E of the F32R after it settled in. So we benefited from the new wind for longer and actually saw their silhouette to the west, at dusk the second night. That evening we crossed the northern end of the Gulf Stream "loop" and inside the loop there was (as usual) a really nasty sea state. Short waves from every direction. Jzerro happily romped through there but it was very unpleasant for the crew. Because of our lee hull having high freeboard, no water came over the prow. Having sailed trimarans a bit I knew they would be having to slow down to A. keep their sanity and B. safely keep their ama from diving. We kept our bow E of rhumbline in anticipation of the header. On the third night I saw their silhouette on the horizon behind us as we both set up for a night of unstable showers from the SE. After sunrise we crossed the GS again on our approach to Isla Mujeres. This was moderate 11-15 knots close to the wind, but not a full beat, in relatively flat water. After reviewing the race tracker, it appears this is where we actually extended the most, the last 60 or 80 miles close hauled in over 10 knots and flat water. We finished two hours ahead of them. So I don't know what that means, but I know they were an experienced team, as I've also seen them at the end of a Pensacola to Havana race and a Chicago Mac race. There was a short tacking duel leaving the Pensacola Bay channel and it was a joke. They were long gone by the time we finished our third tack. The only other big maneuver after that was a gybe the next morning and we were on port tack for the remaining 450 miles.
*I didn't pick the proa because it was specifically unique. This record has never been done at all, so I could have chosen a Cape Dory 36 if I wanted, but I wanted to do it quickly with a limited budget and low running costs. A Class 40 is an obvious choice, but I think a vast majority of them would be slower and the price would be way higher to run and own.
*Yes, more knots/$.
*The Jzerro option was the fastest option for a small budget.
*As previously mentioned I would never attempt this on a 3,200 lb trimaran or cat. I don't think their beams are up to task and the boat would be a lot shorter. Honestly it would have to be a pretty robust tri or cat for me to attempt something like this and I'd probably end up on the Cape Dory 36' as the second option, based on budget.