Record Shattering Prediction for Coville
Published on December 16th, 2016
(December 16, 2016; Day 39, 22:08 UTC) – With 4017 nm to go, Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ had another good day in his attempt to break the solo round the world record. His latest 24 hour run of 543.9 nm has his margin increasing to 1716.86 nm (+236.78 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.
Looking ahead, straight line and pure speed in the trade winds for Coville should have him cross the equator in the night from Saturday to Sunday, December 16-17, with about 6 days ahead of the solo sailing round the world record.
Currently positioned in the north of Brazil (by 16°S), Coville touched last night a stable and well oriented trade wind that will take him quickly and probably from a single edge (without tacking) to the Ecuador. It will then be the rise of the North Atlantic, the last ocean around the world to sail before Brest and the finish line of the rounds of the world in multihull, which it must cross before January 3 2017 at 04 hours 22 Min and 57 sec to beat the solo speed record.
The current prediction is to finish between Christmas and December 31.
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