Making the Turn to the Finish
Published on December 22nd, 2016
(December 22, 2016; Day 45, 18:23 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ has extended north to get around the Azores High in his bid to break the solo round the world record. With 1733 nm remaining to the finish, his latest 24 hour run of 473.4 nm has his margin decreasing to 2572.11 nm (-28 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 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