The 2015 Islands Race was unlike any other in the 6 year history of the event. With summer-like conditions on the west coast this March, all 34 boats finished (1 retiring after finish), and HL Enloe's Orma 60 trimaran demolished the course record by 3 hours, 19 minutes and 46 seconds. Despite being the only trimaran and sailing in their own class, Enloe's crew started 30 minutes behind the next fastest fleet and roared past all 33 competitors in just over the first hour of the race beating all boats to the first turn at the top of Catalina Island. Mighty Merloe became the first boat in the 6 years of the event to finish before midnight, on the same day as the start completing the course in 7 hours, 45 minutes and 42 seconds.
It always adds a layer of excitement to the Southern California offshore events to have one or more of these incredibly fast trimarans. Next up for Mighty Merloe is the NHYC Cabo Race.
BEST ELAPSED TIMES BY YEAR IN ISLANDS RACE
|YEAR||OWNER||BOAT NAME||BOAT TYPE||ELAPSED TIME|
|2015||HL Enloe||Mighty Merloe||Orma 60||07:45:42|
|2014||Tom Siebel||Orion||MOD 70||13:05:38|
|2013||Peter Tong||OEX||Santa Cruz 70||11:05:28|
|2012||Bob Lane||Medicine Man||Andrews 63||20:02:02|
|2011||John MacLaurin||Pendragon VI||Davidson 70||15:30:32|
|2010||Brad Avery||Magnitude 80||Andrews 80||12:17:23|