Fresh off breaking yet another World Sailing Speed record (Monaco to Porto Cervo pending ratification), Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Team Phaedo³ is currently getting ready repeat the sprint across the Atlantic that they accomplished in last year’s RORC Transatlantic Race.
They claimed line honors in last year’s race (in addition to logging an impressive 690-mile-in-24-hours run), and they’re hoping to defend their title this year.
Co-skipper Brain Thompson summed what it’s like to sail nearly 700 miles in 24 hours pretty well in his mid-race report from last year:
“We’re not holding back at all…one-design racing at 30-knots for hours after hour. Water is shrieking off the propeller leg, the boat jumping around as we bounce from wave to wave, and now we are sleeping fine in our off watch, until its time to go on watch again or we gybe. We had better be used to it, and this is just what we are going to have for the next 1500 miles, which is a little less than 3 days.”
The RORC Transatlantic Race starts on November 26 in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) and ends in Grenada just a matter of days after that.
Photo credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon / Team Phaedo