Last night, during the fifth leg of The Ocean Race, the speedometer on the IMOCA Holcim-PRB went wild. At full speed across the Atlantic, Kevin Escoffier, Abby Ehler, Charles Caudrelier, and Sam Goodchild broke the 24-hour distance record for a crewed monohull.
The IMOCA sailed a remarkable 640.91 miles! The record had previously been held by Comanche, a maxi-monohull much larger than Holcim- PRB (100 feet vs. 60 feet) and sailed by a crew of fifteen, with 618 miles covered. The Swiss monohull had already broken the 24-hour distance record in the IMOCA class. That was on Leg 3, in the Southern Ocean, with a distance of 594.8 miles.