Competitors who successfully completed and set new records for the  Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record  were recognized at a prize giving party hosted by the IYAC in Newport, RI this past Friday, December 9th. During the span of the five month long competition, 4 attempts were made at ousting the standing record, and Zach Marks of St. Petersburg, Florida, was able to come away victorious, beating the standing outright record set in 2015 by Phaedo3.

On Friday, October 28, 2016, Zach Marks rounded Jamestown on his foiling kiteboard with an elapsed time of 53 minutes and 37 seconds. This time bested the previous record of 00:56:33, held by Lloyd Thornburg’s Mod70 Phaedo3, by 2 minutes and 56 seconds. Marks was awarded his weight of 175lbs in Mount Gay Rum, which is equal to 4.5 cases, for setting the outright record. Marks was unfortunately unable to attend the event due to a prior coaching commitment and, in his absence, the award was accepted on his behalf by, Ben Wilkinson. High res images can be found  HERE.

On breaking the record, Zach Marks said, “Setting the record for this race was something that was always on my bucket list. The format and prize are so unique. It’s a refreshing break from traditional windward leeward racing.  Thanks to the local Rhode Island support crew who came out to help me. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Dave Lussier, who attempted on Bazinga!, an F31, and Matt Reinhardt, who attempted on his foiling kiteboard Delta Hydrofoil, were recognized for attempting the record this year. Both competitors were not able to complete the rounding due to weather circumstances. Skipper Jeremy Wilmot of the M32 Black Boat was recognized for setting the 2016 Multihull 32’ & Above Division with a time of 01:08:42. Black Boat team members Sam Loughborough and Martha Fortin were present to accept their award, two handles of Mount Gay Rum. High res images can be found HERE.

On attempting the record, Martha Fortin of Black Boat said, 

“This was my first attempt, it was fun! We [lost time in the attempt when we] had an issue with one of our rudders after the start and when we hit a lull where the breeze dropped as low as about 5 knots. For about 6 minutes we were all bodies in, and powering the boat up as much as we could to get through the lull. I definitely hope that we can try again next year, though I think that the new record set by the foiling kite board will be tough to beat in a Marstrom!”

Sam Loughborough of Black Boat added, I did the record once before in the monohull division which was very different than what we did [this year] on the cat. That was a lot of fun. It was a little more fast paced…some hairy times to say the least! Many thanks to Jerry Kirby for lending us the boat for the attempt.”

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).