Upwind to Rio
Published on December 13th, 2016
(December 13, 2016; Day 36, 23:53 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ is tacking up the Brazilian coast in his attempt to break the solo round the world record. With 5038 nm to go, his 24 hour run of 271.2 nm has him nearing the latitude of Rio de Janeiro, with his margin decreasing slightly to 1624.74 nm (-18 nm) ahead of the current record pace 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. To break the record, Coville must finish by January 3 at 4:23:57 am (French time).
Source: Team Sodebo