Coville Aiming for Christmas Arrival
Published on December 20th, 2016
(December 20, 2016; Day 43, 21:38 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ continues to secure his lead on the solo round the world record. With 2266 nm to go, his northerly course is approaching the latitude of the Canary Islands, and his latest 24 hour run of 561.3 nm has his margin increasing to 2590.23 nm (+126.41 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.
To break the record, Coville must finish by January 3 at 4:23:57 am (French time), with his current ETA at or around Christmas Day.
Background: Thomas Coville (FRA) and the 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM started the attempt to break the solo round the world record from 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