In 2013, a group of friends from Shelter Island, NY began exploring the idea of finding a suitable boat and entering the 2015 Transatlantic Race. They got some help from friends in Newport, RI and Shelter Island Transatlantic Partners was formed to purchase the first Prospector, a Carrol Marine Farr 60. A crew was formed, and the team set out competing in bucket list ocean races and regattas including the Caribbean 600, The Transatlantic Race, Annapolis to Newport, the Fastnet Race, Middle Sea Race and Les Voiles de St. Barth.
In September 2016, the group purchased a Mills 68 to extend the program and compete at a higher level. After a shakedown regatta at the 2016 Rolex Maxi Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the team has put up impressive results in the Key West Feeder Race and the Pineapple Cup. Long term, the team is gearing up for marquee ocean races like the Pacific Cup, Sydney to Hobart and even a few more ocean crossings.
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In August 2016, the program purchased a Mills 68 built in 2008 by New England Boatworks and designed by Mark Mills, originally competing as Alegre and then Caol Ila R. A tested and true racing machine, the current Prospector enjoys a strong pedigree with podium finishes in the Middle Sea Race, Pineapple Cup and Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup.