Ocean Race: Record averages in the Roaring 40s South Australia, 594.8 miles in 24 hours for Holcim
Hobart– Record day for the Imocas of The Ocean Race in South Australia. Holcim PRB team record 24 hour run on Saturday 11 March at 19:45 CET 594.8 milesat a rate of 24.5 knots. This distance is currently the 24-hour record for the Imoca 60. Distances subject to certification by the World Speed Sailing Records Council.
Previously, the 11th Hour Racing Team set the 24-hour distance at 544.63 miles. The all-time record for a monohull crew is 618.01 milesthe distance set by a Comanche of 100 feet in 2015. The record for crew members around the world still belongs to him Akzonobel that led in 2018 to 601.63 Previous history miles of Torben Grael, who in 2008 put him at 596.6 miles with the Ericsson 4.
Having passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, the southwestern tip of Australia, The Ocean Race’s entire fleet has covered distances of over 570 miles, thanks to perfect conditions, with 25-knot winds at perfect angles and relatively flat seas for the Roaring 40, approaching the Tasmanian scoring gate, and set at 143°E longitude, where points valid for classification are available for grabs.
At 20:00 CET, Kevin Escoffier’s Holcim PRB team led 151.9 mph, 153.6 on Team Malizia and 155.3 on Biotherm. Holcim is 520 miles from the record gate, a navigation day that will also mark the end of the southern Indian Ocean and entry into the South Pacific towards Cape Horn.
“Just received the position report at 04.00 UTC… We’ve shown in the latest reports some speed deficits, so we’ve done what we can to find extra gear and keep up with the other boats,” said Abby Ehler on the boat. Holcim-PRB, “We just had a great effect and our speed was about 2-3 knots in the last hour, so we got great mileage.”
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