Solo around the world record bid begins

Posted on Nov 20 2008

Thomas Coville

Frenchman Thomas Coville started his race with the clock yesterday on board 105-foot maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O. He crossed the start line in his bid against the clock yesterday at 13:54:14.

To break the record he needs to beat Francis Joyon's record of 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds. Thomas Coville unsuccessfully attempted to break the record on December 17, 2007 but he retired after 20th day of his campaign, after discovering his starboard float was damaged.

Before this attempt Coville tested his maxi trimaran in July this year, when he set a new North Atlantic crossing record. For this global record attempt, Coville will have to pass the Petit Minou lighthouse at the entrance to Brest harbour in France by January 15, 2009 at 03 hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds GMT to set a new record.