Bermuda Challenge, can a monohull win?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. Sandy Daugherty says:

    I hope it wasn’t a personal injury that caused the return trip. Thirty knots on the open ocean in a small boat is pretty rough.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Excellent: Chris Fertig reports the trip on Boating’s Facebook page and the problem was just weather. They’re going to be at the Ft. Lauderdale show and they’re going to try it again:

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your concern for our crew. We were 2 hours ahead of the world record pace at the 300 mile mark but unpredicted 12 – 14 foot seas starting at the 325 mile mark forced us to choose caution over pride and live to make another attempt next spring.
    I would like to extend an invitation for you to come for a ride on TDI CLEAN DIESEL at the Fort Lauderdale boat show so we can show you some of the unique electronics we have onboard including a new satelite streaming video system and Faria Watchdog remote engine monitoring system. We will be at the CMD docks but i’m not sure exactly what slip yet.
    Feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to set up an after-hours demo ride or would like additinal details about our first Bermuda Challenge World record attempt.
    I’m a big Panbo fan and look forward to meeting you if you can make it.
    Best Regards,
    Chris Fertig

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, and good to hear from you, Chris. I will be in Lauderdale and will certainly try to follow up on your welcome invitation. I’ll be in touch!

  5. Anonymous says:

    A monohull can win! The new record is 21 hours 39 minutes.
    Best Regards,
    Chris Fertig

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Congratulations, Chris! Wow! I can barely imagine the focus you and Tyson must have maintained all those hours. Blisters on Tyson’s throttle hand!?!
    Can we hope for a detailed report in Boating on the problems you two dealt with even while averaging 35 mph over 780 miles of open ocean?
    Meanwhile, readers, there’s some good coverage of Chris’s record finish at Bernews:
    And Boating has been covering the Bermuda Challenge since 1996 and Chris since he threw his hat in the ring:
    Incidentally, I got a memorable ride with Chris in fairly rough conditions off Miami last February. I came away totally impressed with the boat, the engines, the systems, and most of all Chris’s obvious feel for it all. Nonetheless, I got pretty darn nervous skipping over waves at 50mph.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Amazing! Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin set a new Bermuda Challenge record of 15 hours 48 minutes despite having to stop twice to somehow change propellers at sea. They even streamed video of the whole trip.

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