Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Clean Start for Sodeb’O

© A.Courcoux / Stichelbaut.com

The maxi-trimaran Sodeb’O crossed the start line of the solo round the world race against the clock in a multihull today, Tuesday 18th November, just minutes before 1400 hours GMT, that is at 13 hours 54 minutes and 14 seconds GMT precisely. There was 15 to 17 knots of N/NW’ly wind and the boat was making headway under one reef mainsail and staysail. To beat Francis Joyon’s record, Thomas Coville will have to pass the Petit Minou lighthouse at the entrance to Brest harbour by 15th January 2009 at 03 hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds GMT at the latest. - by Kate Jennings -http://www.sodebo-voile.com/