Record racing in the South Atlantic
Published on January 22nd, 2019
(January 22, 2019; Day 23) – Alex Alley (GBR) has crossed the Equator and is alongside the northeastern corner of Brazil as he seeks to break the Solo Non-Stop Around the World Record in his 40-foot yacht – Pixel Flyer. Located at 10°S (at 18:00 UTC) and in the easterly Trade Winds of the South Atlantic, Alley will continue on this southerly course to get beyond the St. Helena High and make the left hand turn toward Cape Agulhas and into the Indian Ocean.
His goal is to better the 2013 record set by Guo Chuan of 137d 20h 01m 57s, beginning his quest December 31 when he crossed the official start line between the Créac’h lighthouse on the island of Ushant and the Lizard lighthouse in Cornwall in the English Channel.
With his start at 14h 31mins 09 sec (subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council), if he is to beat Chuan’s record (and he has to beat it by at least one minute), then his deadline is to cross the line again going the other way, on at 10h 32mins 06 secs on May 18, 2019.