Around-Rekordversuch von Thomas Coville mit Maxi-Tri Sodebo
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Please find below the latest from Temenos in the Barcelona World Race as well as
news of Thomas Coville's new 24 hour record distance and subsequent retirement
from his single-handed round the world record attempt.
Kind regards, Kate
24 HOUR DISTANCE RECORD SINGLE-HANDED
RETIREMENT FOLLOWING DAMAGE
At 1245 UTC with 619.3 miles or 1115 kilometres covered at an average of 25.8
knots, Thomas Coville on Sodeb’O beat the 24 hour record distance sailing
single-handed. In this way he beats the record held by Francis Joyon (616.03
miles) by 3 miles. The record is currently awaiting approval with the WSSRC.
Of note is the fact that Thomas beat the record during his 20th day at sea, as
did Francis Joyon, and in the same zone of the Indian Ocean between the Cape of
Good Hope and the Kerguelen Islands; added to that he was in a fairly similar
weather pattern, ahead of a depression.
At 1000 UTC, Thomas climbed up on deck to reduce the sail when he noticed, with
the boat’s change of behaviour, that the crash box on the starboard float had
been pulled out. The extreme section of the float bow, the crash box serves as a
fuse in the event of impact and it is designed to come apart in the event of
impact in order to prevent the float itself from exploding. Thomas realised in a
fraction of a second that his solo record attempt around the world was over. It
should be noted that his average speed had but increased over the past few hours
and that, without this damage, he would have established a 24 hour record at an
even greater level.
Foto: Thomas Coville|
Fotos: Jean-Marie Liot
“I had just received the news that I had established a new 24 hour record when I
felt the boat slow. I immediately went up on deck and I saw a plume of water,
which was 3 metres above the starboard float. I eased the headsails. In a matter
of seconds, you understand what’s happening without knowing how. Given the
urgency I dropped the sails to control the situation. I don’t know what
happened. A few moments later, I saw a piece of ice, but I think the impact
would have been more severe, more violent if I’d hit ice. In this instance I
remained on the netting, arms dangling, concentrated on the action even though
part of me is very disappointed. The whole adventure races through your mind:
what you have done and what you won’t do. 20 days of racing! It’s like a scene
from a tragedy! As I virtually haven’t slept for 3 days, I tried, in vain to do
so initially. I ended up sinking into sleep eventually though. When I awoke, it
was broad daylight and I wondered whether it wasn’t simply a nightmare. The
beautiful bird is indeed here though, injured.
I’m midway between the Kerguelen Islands and South Africa in the middle of
nowhere. I’m heading for Cape Town and then we’ll return to Les Sables d’Olonne.
It’s a committed project and therefore very exposed. I accept this retirement
because that’s all part of the rules of the game. I got a great deal of pleasure
from sailing on this boat. The more it went on, the more liberated I felt in
this part of the globe where one can simply be tolerated; I felt as one with the
environment. The competitor inside me is clearly disappointed. It’ll take me
some time to analyse all this. I am keen to return to this as I feel too much
bitterness about the fact that this has ended so soon."
The desire to return here is shared by his partner, since Sodeb’O has confirmed
its support of Thomas Coville: “this round the world forms part of an extreme
project. A number of people have had a go at it. Thomas showed great panache in
his attempt. There will be other opportunities. As soon as he’s ready, we’ll set
out with him” Patricia Brochard, co-president of Sodeb’O stated this morning.
This infamous round the world is a difficult undertaking.
Since Philippe Monnet made the first attempt in 1988 to complete a
circumnavigation in a multihull without stopovers just 20 years ago, twenty or
so single-handed and crewed attempts have followed one after the other. Of these
twenty or so attempts, the majority of them have been forced to retire through
Peter Blake, Olivier de Kersauson, Ellen MacArthur, Bruno Peyron, all of them
have had to give up or make numerous attempts to beat the legendary record
around the world without stopovers in a multihull.
It’s a merciless event as the Barcelona World Race demonstrates (double handed
monohull race) where only 2 of the 9 competitors involved have so far avoided
retirement or a pit-stop.
To date, just two sailors in the history of sailing have managed this
single-handed circumnavigation without stopovers in a multihull, Ellen MacArthur
and Francis Joyon.
Reactions from Francis Joyon, following Thomas Coville’s retirement:
"Firstly, as tradition dictates, I'd like to congratulate Thomas on having taken
the 24 hour record from me, which goes to show the potential of his boat and his
desire to express himself in these difficult latitudes... as for the damage
aboard Sodeb'O, damage which forces a skipper to retire from such a long,
difficult voyage is something which haunts all round the world sailors. I
imagine that Thomas must feel frustrated, and personally I am disappointed to
have lost a competitor and the sporting motivation that this represents."
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