Coville Sets Indian Ocean Record
Published on November 29th, 2016
(November 29, 2016; Day 22, 23:22 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM has set a new time for crossing the Indian Ocean in his attempt to break the solo round the world record.
This morning at 7:51 am (French time), Coville signed a new official solo time between Cape Town, South Africa (Cape Agulhas) and Tasmania, Australia (South East Cape) of 8 Days 12 hours 19 minutes (subject to approval).
The Australian island marks the end of the Indian and entry into the Pacific Ocean, with Coville improving the previous time of Francis Joyon in 2007 of 23 hours and 47 minutes on this stretch of round the world.
Coville’s latest 24 hour run of 514.6 nm increases his margin to 1071.53 (+44 nm) ahead of the current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008.
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