Riding the record-breaking freight train
Published on February 11th, 2019
(February 11, 2019; Day 43) – Alex Alley (GBR) is now riding the southern latitude freight train that will send him eastward in his pursuit to break the Solo Non-Stop Around the World Record in his 40-foot yacht – Pixel Flyer. Located at 40°S (at 22:00 UTC) in the South Atlantic, his position is just to the west of Cape Agulhas off the African continent and the gateway to 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.