While all the latest news focuses on the results of the Vendee Globe transoceanic singles race and the epic battle between its participants - Armel Le Cléac'h skipper Banque Populaire, and Alex Thomson skipper Hugo Boss, we are missing perhaps even more outstanding achievements. ...
This is about Thomas Coville aboard a trimaran Sodebo confidently going to the record of a single round-the-world race. Kovil has already circled Cape Horn and is currently heading north, fighting strong currents in the strait. Le Mer, between the islands Estados and Tierra del Fuego.
Thomas Covil walks alone through some of the most treacherous waters on the planet, aboard a massive trimaran exceeding 100 feet long (101.7 to be exact) and 69 feet wide. This is a huge yacht by any measure. The mast rises 115 feet from the deck; the mainsail is 3,050 square feet in sail. That's 1,300 square feet more than a huge grotto. VOR 65, that is, 75% more, and even the mainsail VOR 60 is not small, at the same time, the boats are operated by a whole crew, and not one person.
Covil is not only excellent in the race, he managed to break the record set in 2007 French yachtsman Francis Joyon, the time of which was 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. Sodebo more than three days ahead of the record schedule, where Joyon was at the same time in his round-the-world race.
At the moment, the most difficult distance has been coveredThe Southern Ocean is now behind him. Since the start in France 20 days ago, Sodebo has covered more than 600 miles at 29.7 knots on average per day. Lag on board Sodebo shows 27 knots with 27 knots wind and has covered 510 miles in the past 24 hours.
The course that Coville has taken over the past few days has been well south of the latitude of Cape Horn, in fact it was quite close to 60th latitude. The danger of extreme weather and ice was constantly present along the way. In such conditions, it is not possible to monitor ice and debris in the water. It was a high-stakes game, but he covered the distance completely unscathed.
In fact, Coville has traveled over 19,000 miles without hitting anything underwater and largely without incident. Let's hope he also safely crosses the Atlantic and arrives back in France..
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