Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thomas Colville and ‘Sodebo’

‘Sodebo’ is a 32 metre (105 ft) Maxi trimaran designed by Nigel Irens and Benoît Cabaret. She is currently being sailed solo around the world by Thomas Colville in an attempt to become the record holder for the fastest non-stop solo circumnavigation. Francis Joyon, the current holder, did it aboard IDEC (29.7 metre trimaran) in 57 days, 13 hours and 6 seconds.

Colville stands a chance of achieving his goal, but only if he pushes his trimaran hard without damaging the vessel and exhausting himself. To beat Joyon’s record he will need to average a speed of no less than 20 knots over the complete course. At the time of writing this, he has just over 17 days to complete a record-breaking circumnavigation. By comparison with Joyon’s position when doing his solo record, Colville is only 489.5 miles behind, and he has 6,213.6 miles to sail, which means he has to achieve 365.5 miles a day, at an average speed of 15.2 knots. Providing he doesn’t get stuck in the Doldrums he stands a very good chance.



Sodebo reaches Halfway Point

Trimaran Sodebo

Sodebo Rounds Horn

Sailing Round Cape Horn

Fastest Solo Circumnavigator

Francis Joyon and IDEC

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