Branson's first attempt on the record, in 65 ft twin-hull Virgin Atlantic Challenger, departed New York in June 1985. After surviving rough weather and the threat of late icebergs Challenger was fatally damaged by striking a submerged object 100 miles from Bishops Rock, the intended finishing line, and sank in heavy seas. . The speedboat Virgin Atlantic Challenger has capsized in heavy seas off the south-west of England scuppering Richard Branson's attempt at the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing. The 32-ton vessel overturned just 140 miles (224km) short of its target, the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall.
Aug 16, 1985 · The $2.1 million Atlantic Challenger, a 65-foot-long twin-hulled vessel with two 2,000-horsepower engines, was reported still floating, submerged and bow-up, Author: SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES. May 06, 2015 · Virgin Atlantic Challenger II can hit a top speed of 52 knots - just under 60mph - and can carry 12 passengers and two crew. It weighs 47 tonnes .
Millionaire Richard Branson has smashed the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. His 72-ft powerboat, the Virgin Atlantic Challenger, reached the Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly . About Virgin Atlantic Challenger 2. Currently lying in the UK with delivery available globally, the 55knot icon was refitted in 2013 with only 930 engine hours since build. Ultrasonically tested, fully surveyed and with a range of 1,200 miles at 40 knots, the 2017 season sees her as the official Cowes Torquay Cowes start boat Length: 22, m, /, 72′3″.
Apr 07, 2015 · Virgin Atlantic Challenger II – adventure for sale. On June 29 1986, it reached Bishop Rock, off the Isles of Scilly, more than two hours quicker than previous record-holder. I had thought Challenger II was gone from British waters for good, after it was sold to a sultan years before. Then Dan Stevens found the boat abandoned in Majorca and set about restoring its former glory.