The Yachts




Ragtime (ex-Infidel) was a break through design in terms of very lightweight construction, weighing 24,000 pounds in an era when most 60 footers weighed twice that. With a long, narrow planing hull and chines and Spencer's Art Deco stainless window frames, Infidel was also visually unusual. After being sold to America and renamed Ragtime she won the Barn Door in the 1973 Transpac over the much bigger and more powerful Windward Passage. Winning the Barn Door back to back in 1975 cemented her place in Transpac History.

Ragtime returned to prominence by winning 1st overall in the 2008 LA-Tahiti Race, the first step to returning to NZ where she took IRC 1st overall in the Coastal Classic. She has benefitted over the years from keel, rudder and mast updates, but the iconic hard chined hull and black hull, teak, and stainless look are unchanged.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Ragtime
Sail Number USA7960
Owner Chris Welsh/Ragtime LLC
Skipper Chris Welsh
Crew G Tulloch, S Willis, D Vaughn, J Joudane, P Tyler, G Cunningham, J Wallace, R Masters, P Woods
State USA
Club Newport Hobart YC
Type Spencer 65
Designer Spencer
Builder Spencer
Construction Wood
LOA 19.73
Beam 3.61
Draft 3.25