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Jim Lyden's F-27 Sets New Record In Trans-Erie Race

The Trans-Erie is a 140NM race across Lake Erie from Grosse Ile, MI to Erie, PA., and congratulations are due to Jim Lyden for his great effort in this years race!

The race is run in alternate directions every year, one year east-west, the following year west-east, and Jim also won last year on corrected time. Jim beat Earth Voyager's previous record and the Toledo Blade reported:

"Jim Lyden's Panacea, a Corsair F-27, topped the multihull division and set an elapsed time record of 14:44:15. The previous west-to-east record of 15:54.30 was set by Earth Voyager, Ryan Howe's Formula 60 trimaran, in 2003."

The race was mostly dead-downwind at 15-25kts in a full moon, and surfing down the 4-5 ft waves at 18 kts or so for hours.

Only black mark was a Reynolds 33 catamaran capsizing about 30 miles into the race off of Point Pelee at about 7:30PM. However, crew were all safe, picked up and on dry land by 9:00PM. These cats have a very tall rig and can apparently fly a hull in only 14 knots (compared to 30 knots with the F-27), and it does seem odd that they need such a big rig to perform.

Jim's F-27 was the smallest boat in the fleet, and it was a fantastic effort to come in first, while also breaking the record.

Photos by Deb Schaefer

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