Coville Straightens Course in Record Attempt
Published on November 22nd, 2016
(November 22, 2016; Day 16, 23:08 UTC) – After four days of frequent gybes, Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM have finally been able to straighten their course in his attempt to set a new solo round the world record. Now in the Indian Ocean, his latest 24 hour run of 565.4 nm has him 360.42 ahead of the current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008.
Yesterday afternoon Coville reported that he had collided with a marine mammal while sailing at 30 knots though it appears his boat survived the event. He is expected to pass in the north of the Kerguelen Islands on Thursday, and then dive further south towards Cape Leeuwin, the second of the three major caps to be crossed in this sailing world tour.
Background: Thomas Coville (FRA) and the 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM started the attempt to break the solo round the world record from in Brest (France) on November 6. The current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s, which starts and finishes between the island of Ushant and Lizard Point in southern England, was set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008.
Source: Team Sodebo