In that first race the partnership of Chay Blyth and Rob James proved successful and they crossed the line in Newport, Rhode Island in fourteen and a half days. Robin Knox-Johnston entered in Sea Falcon, a huge seventy foot catamaran, and also Jean Lacombe in Yang a twenty-five foot monohull. Once again the Club’s unique and refreshing approach to yacht racing rules allowed for a very wide selection of hull and rig designs. Not only was this policy encouraging technological advances but it was also attracting a wide spectrum of the sailing fraternity.
The success of this first event guaranteed its future and it was repeated in 1986 and 1990. The number of entries decreased for these two races to a more manageable number of 55 and 37 respectively, as the international yachting calendar became busier. The 1990 Race saw the introduction of a new rule. Overall boat length was limited to sixty feet to keep the competition closer and to ease some budgets.
In 1994 the records fell. The 60 foot trimaran Primagaz took 9 days 08 hours and 58 minutes for a new race and multihull race record while Cherbourg Technologies finished in 15 days 00 hours and 31 minutes for the monohull race record.