Francis Joyon can sleep easy tonight knowing his Round the World Record is safe for at least another year.
After a fantastic climb north from Cape Horn, it did begin to look like Thomas Coville and Sodeb’O could beat it, but the weather honeymoon came to an end and Thomas entered his 55th day at sea doing just 0.7 knots.
The aim now must be to get under 60 days, but even that won’t be an easy task. Although making a decent speed, in the last few hours, Thomas has been find it hard to get onto a heading that’s the right side of north and, when he does, he’s going to get some tough conditions on the final stretch to Brest. In his own words “There’s barely nothing that is appealing. We’re going to get a severe hammering from 35 to 40 knot winds, with big seas and around 6 meter waves. I going to have to grin and bear it and dip into my physical resources.”