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July 5, 2015
Spookie Claims Line Honors
posted on July 7
Steve Benjamin's Spookie, a Carkeek HP 40 was the first boat across the line in Halifax at 18:34:25.
An American racer has claimed the honour of being first over the finish line in this year's Steele Auto Group Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race 2015.  "Spookie", a Carkeek HP 40 was the first boat across the line in Halifax at 18:34:25.  "Spookie" is owned by Steve and Heidi Benjamin of Norwalk, Conn.  Steve Benjamin was on board to enjoy the honour of being first boat across, after many years of racing this course.  "I feel wonderful.  Marblehead is one of my favourite races of all time!" he said at the dock in Halifax.  
 
"Spookie" has a long list of wins including in 2014 the Vineyard Race, the Ida Lewis Long Distance Race and Quantum Key West. "This is a fast boat, especially downwind.  The conditions suited "Spookie" which has a light displacement, a large sail area combined with a flat hull shape." Benjamin says the crew also made excellent decisions dealing with light air off Cape Sable and the currents. "The strongest wind the boat had to work with was right at the finish line."
 
"I am super happy to be here in the daylight.  I think this crew is hungry and thirsty and we'll celebrate tonight."  Despite the boat's superior performance, the boat is currently for sale.  The businessman who is a consultant to North Sails has recently purchased a TP 52, another Carkeek design which he plans to sail in its first regatta in August.
 
The Marblehead fleet ran into light air conditions on Monday afternoon.  Winds picked up at noon today (Tuesday).  "Spookie" was in port approximately 5 hours ahead of the next group of boats expected overnight.  
 
The first Canadian boat to finish is expected to be "Helm's Deep", owned by Mike Sutton of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.
Photos and Videos of Sunday's Start
posted on July 7
We have some great aerial video and photos of every boat organized by division.
Sailing Instructions Posted
posted on June 29
http://www.marbleheadtohalifax.com/page/entry/race_documents
UPDATES
Photo posted on: Thu, July 9
Enjoy some of the photos taken at the Prize Ceremony in Halifax tonight. http://www.rnsys.com/social/photo-gallery.html?view=album&album=6169631369600252017&page=1t.
Photo posted on: Thu, July 9
Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race added 2 new photos.
Photo posted on: Thu, July 9
Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race added 3 new photos.
Photo posted on: Thu, July 9
"Sedna" approaches the finish line on glassy water in Halifax harbour this morning. Last boat over the line at 10:52:30. See you at the prize presentation at the RNSYS Spar shed at 5 pm tonight. (Photo credit David Yetman)
Status updated: Wed, July 8
Congratulations to Team One Newport customer Spookie for winning the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race! #marbleheadhalifax2015 http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/07/07/spookie-first-to-finish-in-marblehead-to-halifax-ocean-race/
Photo posted on: Wed, July 8
59 of 62 boats have crossed the finish. Cheer on Snow Cat, Sedna and Tiara with target finishes within the next 12 hrs if wind holds. Tiara's cook may just win the "Cook's Plate" award!.
Photo posted on: Wed, July 8
Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race with Nelson Hull and 4 others
Photo posted on: Wed, July 8
Rob Bent of Gloucester, Mass. was on the helm of "Evolution" last night in the dark. He's a first time Marblehead race participant and is taking home some vivid memories. "It was like being in a snowstorm where you lose the sense of what's up and what's down. We were going fast. The fog was thick and the waves were coming at us. When I would turn the boat, I could completely lose my sense of space." The boat which is owned by Eben Moulton of Cambridge, Mass finished well - taking a 2nd in PHR-1.
Photo posted on: Wed, July 8
"Illicit" crew member Luke Chaulk reunites with his family after arriving in Halifax this morning.
Photo posted on: Wed, July 8
Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race added 3 new photos — with John Madeira and Milt Calder.

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