From their FB page tonight. Now begin the banter about multi or mono record, or "the" record. Not the race day record... just read below....
Rick Warner and crew, including Oakcliff Sailing's Chris Kennedy, have moved Arete Trimaran from her berth in St Joseph, MI across the foot of Lake Michigan to Chicago prepare for what they hope will be a record run. The course is that of the Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac, 289 nautical miles north from Chicago, past the Manitou Islands up to the Gray’s Reef Passage, then hard right for 26 miles beneath the Mackinac Bridge to Mackinac Island.
Record runs are fickle. If the forecasted weather falls apart, they don’t leave. If they get half way up the lake and it falls apart, they turn around and wait for another opportunity. This effort requires a great deal of preparation – determining the weather that will provide the best opportunity for a record, assembling the people that will keep the boat moving at top speed for the entire course, arranging with the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) for certified people at the start and finish, keeping everyone informed about potential weather windows ,and then moving quickly when that window opens.
For this record attempt they’ve waited for a weather window that will propel the boat at top speed up the lake and will then shift precisely when they reach the Straits of Mackinac so that the boat will stay at top speed over the entire course. That is what Ken Campbell at Commander’s Weather is forecasting for a run beginning in the early hours of Friday morning.
Rick’s crew is together in Chicago right now, fueling with a good dinner and some rest for a departure early tomorrow. If the weather holds, they will cross the start line in the dark with 22 knots of southwesterly winds propelling them north.
Current record: 17:39:49 by the Volvo 70 Il Mostro at an average speed of 16.06 knots.