American modified Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. has taken Line Honours in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race, crossing the finish line at 7:57:48 local time local time on Saturday 12 May 2018. Warrior has set a new race record of 2 days, 18 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds for the Antigua Bermuda Race.

Warrior smashed their own race record set last year by over 24 hours, much to the delight of Stephen Murray who was greeted at the finish line by Antigua Bermuda Race Chair, Les Crane.

“It's great to be here. That was a quick ride, thrilling and exciting,” smiled Murray. “We did half of the race in the first 24 hours. After that it got a little slower and more challenging as we got close to the high. This is a my favourite race course; predominately downwind in good pressure, it’s warm and really nice sailing and this race is on our list for as long as we can do it. We have good competitors this year so we had our work cut out to win on corrected time.”

Warrior Crew (All USA unless stated): Stephen Murray Jr., Ryan Breymaier, Nathan Fast, Jesse Fielding, Karl Funk, Ben Lynch (IRL), Jan Majer, TJ Roney, Paul Stanbridge (GBR), Scott Tomkins, Chris Welch.

American Modified Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jnr., has taken Line Honours in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race, crossing the finish line at 7:57:48 local time local time on Saturday 12 May 2018. Warrior has set a new race record of 2 days, 18 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds for the Antigua Bermuda Race. 

Warrior Crew (All USA unless stated): Stephen Murray Jr., Ryan Breymaier, Nathan Fast, Jesse Fielding, Karl Funk, Ben Lynch (IRL), Jan Majer, TJ Roney, Paul Stanbridge (GBR), Scott Tomkins, Chris Welch.

2018 Antigua Bermuda Race - Day Three

2018 antday3 sThe turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr., has set a blistering pace in the 2018 Antigua to Bermuda Race. Warrior has covered 770 miles in 45 hours of high speed racing in the Atlantic Ocean, and is due to finish the race in the early hours of Saturday 12th May.

At 1400 UTC on Friday 11th May, Warrior was under 200 miles from Bermuda. Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna is second on the water, 34 miles behind Warrior, and starting to close in on Warrior. The leading two teams in the race are now experiencing downwind conditions, activity on board will have increased with numerous gybes required to optimise velocity to Bermuda.

High pressure is predicted to arrive for the chasing pack led by Eric de Turckheim's Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. The French team will need to stay in the breeze if there are to have any chance of winning the race after IRC time correction, and lift the Warrior Perpetual Trophy.

Chris Stanmore-Major's Canadian Volvo 60 Challenger is mid-fleet 550 miles from Bermuda. Chris is one of the most experienced sailors in the race. As of 2018, he has sailed approximately 300,000Nm (more than the distance to the moon) including two races around the world. For the Antigua Bermuda Race Challenger is sailing with just three crew.

“ For once I get an opportunity to visit my solo sailing roots and just 'be' with the boat while the sun goes down- I sail 20,000nm a year with Spartan and I think this is the first time I have been alone on deck and able to truly clear my head in two years. I have looked forward to sailing this route all year after the fantastic sailing we had last year- I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.”