Rambler, the 100-footer from the pencil of Juan Kouyoumdjian (who modeled the hull based on ABN Amro I and II, his two designs for the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race) and built at Cookson Shipyards in Auckland, New Zealand, is “retiring” after a 7-year honored career. The boat was commissioned by Alex Jackson (who named it Speedboat), and then passed into the hands of skipper George David.
SO MANY RECORDS AND ONE SENSATIONAL INCIDENT
In all that time, the boat has set many mileage records: in 2007 the HSS Nordbank Transatlantic Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race, in 2008 the Rolex Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro, in 2009 the Cape To Bahia Brazil Race and the Martha’s Vineyard Ocean Race; completing the palmares are records in the Around Long Island Race in 2010, the Newport to Bermuda Race in 2012 and the Block Island Race in 2013. Not to mention the many victories accrued in major international regattas. Only one “blemish” in the boat’s history: the resounding capsizing at the Fastnet in 2011.
THE NEXT BOAT WILL BE AN 88-FOOTER
The boat has sailed more than 20 thousand miles always with the same crew of 21: a close-knit team has been the key to Rambler’s success. David will change boats: an 88-footer, also designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, is being created for him. “It is sad to put Rambler to rest,” said the skipper, “but we are happy both looking back and looking forward. It cannot be ruled out that the crew will remain the same.