Our Solstice, Hallberg-Rassy 53, number 59, owned by RogueWave Yacht Sales - Bernie Jakits and Kate Christensen of Annapolis, Maryland, USA just won the 2003 West Marine Bermuda Cup!. With a very fast time of 3 days, 13 hours, and 30 minutes for the 650 mile run from Norfolk, Virginia to St. Georges Harbor, Bermuda, she took First to Finish, Line Honors, and Class 1 winner's trophies.
On the beat to the finish past North East Breakers and Kitchen Shoals in the last 30 miles, Solstice was able to carry more sail and point higher than the fleet of very respectable competition. Her helm balanced with ease in 20-25 knot SW winds with large surfing seas that moved us all quickly toward Bermuda. She maintained 9 to 10 knots for over 26 hours on a close reach, and showed her clean transom to the rest of the fleet.
Bernie and Kate says: "While we have owned numerous high-quality sailing vessels for 30 years, none were finer than our HR 53. We lived comfortably under sail and at anchor, never once doubting her abilities. All systems aboard worked perfectly. Oh, with one exception; the anchor light bulb burned out.
Once over the finish line, we happily entertained 36 sailors of the remaining fleet of 11 yachts that were entered in the Rally, very comfortably aboard Solstice while swaying at anchor in front of the St. Georges Dinghy and Sports Club. Everyone who came aboard Solstice was in awe of her beauty, strength, and craftsmanship. For us, there is no finer or even comparable sailing yacht under 60 feet available on today's market. We were very proud to have owned Solstice HR53 #59 and having the experience gained from owning a really big, complex, and expensive world sailing yacht.