Francis Joyon initiated his attempt to smash the outright solo sailing record this morning at 09:15:20 hrs UTC (11:15:20hrs CET). In order to beat the current record of 5 days, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds held since July 2008 by Thomas Coville on his trimaran Sodebo, Joyon and his maxi-trimaran IDEC will have to cross the latitude of The Lizard by 0445hrs UTC (0645hrs CET) on Monday 17th June.
Peter Aschenbrenner’s American 63ft trimaran, Paradox from California completed the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua on 20 February 03:22:52, in an elapsed time of 40:22:52, just missing out on the Multihull Course Record of 40:11:05 set by ORMA 60, Region Guadeloupe in the 2009 race.
Paradox was just 11 minutes and 47 seconds outside the course record, which has stood since the very first edition of the race. However, Peter Aschenbrenner was still up-beat dockside: “Fantastic conditions, really amenable to Paradox, that was a dream ride,” smiled Peter. “We’re really surprised that we were so close to the record. That time was set by a race boat and we are just a cruising trimaran with three year old sails. So to get that close was really astonishing and a testament to what a great boat Paradox is.” Continue reading
Check out these awesome clips of the TNT 34 taken during a sail from Imperia to La Spezia before the test for European Yacht of the Year!
For centuries, sailing has been known for the stately progression of billowing white triangles and trapezoids across an azure sea.
But 2012 may become known as the year San Francisco Bay changed all that.
Spurred by the America’s Cup switch to high-speed catamarans, the West Coast’s most prestigious sailboat race, known as the Rolex Big Boat Series, for the first time allowed speedy multihulled boats to enter the racing, which finished Sept. 9.
The move was like allowing turbocharged engines in motor sports. Dyed-in-the-wool sailors call it a move to the dark side.
St. Francis Yacht Club Commodore Peter Stoneberg pushed that move. He raced aboard his ProSail 40 catamaran Shadow and ultimately took first among the multihulls.
“The Rolex Big Boat Series is one of the premier events in the world, and having catamarans included in it for the first time is very exciting for us,” said Stoneberg. “You just can’t beat the thrill and adrenaline of racing them on San Francisco Bay.”