None of the boats competing in the 777-mile Charleston to Bermuda race that left Charleston Harbor last week had reached the designated cut-off point (67 degrees west longitude) by noon Wednesday, prompting the race committee to end the race early.
Dave and Shelly Warters' Able Apogee 50 Cadence held the lead, having logged 498 nautical miles toward Bermuda after 120 hours at sea. By comparison, Ken Johnson's C&C 40 Grateful Red had logged 485 nautical miles, while Jay Cook's Beneteau 432 Tohidu logged 462.
After all the numbers were crunched, it was Tohidu that prevailed as the overall winner of the race, on corrected time. Members of the race committee employed a formula based on the boats' ratings and the distances traveled to make the determination.
"We think it's the most equitable way to address the situation," said race director Brad Van Liew, who also is executive director of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation, which staged the race.
Final race standings
1. Jay Cook, Tohidu
2. Dave and Shelly Warters, Cadence
3. Ken Johnson, Grateful Red
Lee Edwards, Spray (dnf)
Mark DiStefano, Nova (dnf)