regarding other boats.
After race discussions revealed that Chim Chim had submitted an early empty boat weight, not weight in racing configuration, with a likely difference of some tons. We had inquired when she claimed to be almost 10k pounds lighter than Extreme H2O. Undoubtedly this lead to her too-fast initial rating. She can submit her new data, and/or wait for her performance adjustment.
No doubt Orion and Mighty Merloe are both well sailed and magnificent boats Both broke the old record by a large amount. But anyone finishing the race on an ORMA 60, MOD 70, or equivalent, would have broken the old record. Best-in-69-year conditions and a very fast boat were the recipe. Heck, Afterburner might have beat the old record in these conditions, had we been sailing her. Orion's sailing excellence is better represented by her victory over Mighty Merloe. These guys are closely matched. All the professional crew in the world can't overcome the need for a very fast boat and great conditions to break a record.