Launched in December 2014 for George David, former United Technologies Corporation Chairman and CEO, Rambler is an all-carbon and canting boat, with long daggerboards and a deep chine. With Comanche, she rates as the most sophisticated yacht in this year’s fleet and was designed to let go offshore in a good breeze. In February she won Les Voiles de St-Barths and claimed line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600, crossing the finish line (four hours short of the race record set by David with his Rambler 100 in 2011) and finished third overall. Took line honours in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West race. In May she placed second on line and five hours behind line honours victor, Comanche, in the 2015 Transatlantic Race and gave her rival a run for her money in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race when she finished second again, just four minutes behind her 100ft rival.
David said she had shed her radical side foils that turbo-charge the boat's speed in 18 plus knots. Will be fascinating to see what she has to offer on Boxing Day against the 100ft super maxis, the V70’s (by the same Argentine designer as Rambler 88) and others. With his previous 90ft Rambler, David won the treble of line and overall honours and race record of 47hrs 55mins and 3secs in the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race, which has yet to be eclipsed. With this Rambler and hot crew, he took the 2015 race’s monohull line honours just before heading to Sydney for his and the boat’s first Rolex Sydney Hobart. A first rate crew of America’s Cup and VOR racers includes Brad Buttterworth, Andrew Cape, Will McCarthy, Brad Jackson, Joca Signorini, Rodney Ardern, Scott Beavis, Curtis Blewett and others.
|Navigator||Andrew Cape (15)|
|Crew||B Butterworth, B Jackson (7), B Giorgio, C Blewett (1), D Phipps, J Dekker (1), J Kirby, J Signorini, J Belsky, L Mazza, M Newbrook, N Hislop, R Kirby, R Ardern, S Beavis (9), S Daubney (4), S Wilson, W David, W McCarthy (10)|
|Type||Jk 27m Canting Maxi|
|Builder||New England Boatworks|