Eastbound in the Indian Ocean
Published on February 21st, 2019
(February 21, 2019; Day 53) – Alex Alley (GBR) is riding the 44° latitude as he crosses the Indian Ocean in his pursuit to break the Solo Non-Stop Round the World Record in his 40-foot yacht – Pixel Flyer. Having passed Cape Agulhas off the African continent a week ago, his next landmark will be the Kerguelen Islands in the Antarctic which are among the most isolated places on Earth.
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.