Coville to Crush Record on Christmas
Published on December 24th, 2016
(December 24, 2016; Day 47, 19:03 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ is in the home stretch of his bid to break the solo round the world record. With 543 nm remaining to the finish, his latest 24 hour run of 649.3 nm has his margin increasing to 2740.22 nm (+129 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.
Coville is expected to arrive tomorrow in the early evening on Christmas Day. The skipper of Sodebo Ultim’ is driving at full speed and in a straight line to its point of arrival which is to the north of the island of Ouessant. Coville will also try to rest a little today to negotiate as best as possible his arrival in Ouessant tomorrow. As he approaches the coasts, and in particular of Brest, the maritime traffic increases.
After the passage of the line, Coville will remain all night at sea with his team on board, an essential decompression lock after 7 weeks alone at sea. Sodebo Ultim’ will arrive at the entrance of the Gully of Brest Monday morning for an arrival at the Quai Malbert pontoon in the morning (timetables to be specified).
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