Adairsville, GA, May 22, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Having once set a record that almost held for 100 years for the fastest transatlantic passage by a monohull in the 1905 Kaiser’s Cup race, it is fitting that today the recreation of the three-masted schooner Atlantic is powered by one of the world’s most well-known diesel engine manufacturers, YANMAR.
The Atlantic, originally commissioned by Wilson Marshall and designed by William Gardener in 1903, was the fastest schooner on the water during its heyday. Unlike other racing schooners of the time, the Atlantic was built not just for speed, but also luxury. During the ship’s first season, she proved herself by winning then Brenton Reef and Cape May Cups, and then finally under the Captain Charlie Barr, won the Kaiser’s Cup in 1905, which was considered “the last great race of princes.” During this race, Barr set records by traveling 2,006 miles in 12 days, four hours, one minute and 19 seconds, as well as setting a 24-hour record of 341 miles with an average speed of 14.1 knots. While this record was eventually broken in 1998, it is considered the longest standing speed record in the history of yachting. After her racing years, the schooner passed through several owners for 77 years, eventually meeting her demise in 1982 in Newport New Boat Harbor in Virginia.
Today, a wonderfully recreated version of the Atlantic is once again sailing the seas. Built by Dutch yachtsman Ed Kastelein over a three year period and completed in June 2010, the ship is the largest classic racing schooner ever to be recreated at 185 feet in deck length. Powering today’s ship is YANMAR’s 6 AYM-ETE 829 hp (610 kW) commercial high speed engine. The ship also contains two YANMAR six-cycle 100 kWe/1,500 rpm generators.
“We are very happy with the YANMAR engines on board the Atlantic; they have worked out really well for us with little maintenance requirements and perfect reliability,” said Captain Simon Davison.
However, this ship is not the only famous fast boat powered by a YANMAR engine today; ORACLE TEAM USA also partnered up with YANMAR in 2013 to power their chase boats for the 34th America’s Cup. As an Official Technical Partner, YANMAR provided two 8LV 370 engines plus a ZT370 sterndrive for the team’s two Naiad chase boats. Thanks to the speed and reliability of these chase boats, ORACLE TEAM USA was able to sail their way into winning the 2013 cup.
From high speed commercial engines to pleasure craft engines, YANMAR’s marine engines are the go-to around the world for proven speed, reliability and fuel economy.
For more information on YANMAR’s high speed commercial marine engines, visit www.yanmar.com.
About YANMAR America Corporation:
YANMAR America Corporation, located in Adairsville, GA, is the regional headquarters of YANMAR Co., Ltd. a global company based in Osaka, Japan. YANMAR Co. Ltd., was established in 1912, and in1933 became the world's first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. Today, YANMAR is a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment for a multitude of market segments including marine and industrial engines, construction equipment, agricultural equipment and energy systems. YANMAR America Corporation is located at 101 International Parkway, Adairsville, GA 30103. For more information, please visit us.YANMAR.com.