Little was heard from the competitors during the race and fears grew for their safety but, finally, Chichester arrived 40 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes after leaving Plymouth. “Every time I tried to point Gipsy Moth at New York the wind blew dead on the nose” said Chichester. “It was like trying to reach a doorway with a man in it aiming a hose at you. It was much tougher than I thought.”
Hasler reached New York in 48 days but second place was no disappointment. He had proved that his self-steering system was more than efficient to handle the 25ft Jester with a single Chinese lugsail on an unstayed mast, and claimed he had only had to take the tiller for one hour of the entire journey.
Howells’ 63 day crossing included a seven day stopover in Bermuda to effect repairs and replace his chronometer lost in a knockdown.
Lacombe was the final skipper to arrive, in 74 days, having started 3 days after the others. His Cap Horn was the smallest boat in the race and the route he took maximised his time in the contrary Gulf Stream. With an earlier east-west single-handed transatlantic crossing (in an 18ft boat), Lacombe was possibly the most experienced competitor on the race.