Ericsson 4 has broken the 24-hour speed record set by ABN-AMRO 2 in the
last Volvo Ocean Race, three times in the past twelve hours. At 0355GMT
Ericsson 4 reached 565 nautical miles in the previous 24 hour period,
breaking the existing record by two miles, but that figure increased at
0755 GMT to 589nm and by 1145h GMT this had further increased to 590.5nm.
At the point of writing, no other boat in the fleet had broken this record,
which is still awaiting ratification from the World Speed Racing Council.
How far away can 600 nm be?
"It has been fantastic to achieve the record. The wind has been
perfect at about 30k and we have a good angle. However, the problem
is the waves, especially in the middle of the night as there is no moon
and it is very difficult to read the them, so the boat has been jumping
about. If the sea state was better we could go faster," commented
an exhilarated Torben Grael this afternoon. This earlier pic by Oskar
Kihlborg but here’s what
it looked like during the run. You should have signed up…..