JULY 29 — The World Sailing Speed Record Council recently ratified a new world record for sailing solo from Miami to New York City.
On July 20, Frenchman Thomas Coville sailed his 60-foot trimaran, Sodebo, across the finish at Ambrose Light, completing his voyage in 3 days, 5 hours, 12 seconds. It reportedly was the first single-handed attempt of this passage.
The 1,000-plus-mile journey was difficult due to poor weather and heavy shipping traffic, according to Coville. “The radar did not stop howling,” he says in a statement. “The endless traffic and the dangers didn’t allow any respite. Conditions have been hazardous with some monstrous storms. I didn’t expect that.” Despite the conditions, he achieved an average speed of 12.3 knots in establishing the mark.
On July 8 Coville broke the world record for sailing single-handed from Cadiz, Spain, to San Salvador, making the passage in 10 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes, 46 seconds on board Sodebo.
Coville now is on standby to attempt to break the single-handed trans-Atlantic record, from Ambrose Light to the Lizard, southwest of Cornwall, England. The current mark was set in 1994 by fellow Frenchman Laurent Bourgnon, sailing his 60-foot trimaran, Primagaz, across the pond in 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes, 42 seconds.
French sailor Francis Joyon in July set a new record for that passage for multihulls larger than 60 feet, sailing his 90-foot trimaran, IDEC, across the Atlantic in 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute, 37 seconds.
— Jason Fell