Early this morning, as the sun rose over Monaco, Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo³ slipped off the dock at the Yacht Club De Monaco to attempt a World Speed Sailing Record to Porto Cervo.
This record attempt all came together pretty quickly. In fact, the team was helicoptering into Monaco almost as soon as they realized they an ideal window for a record attempt into Porto Cervo had formed.
As a result, they set off this morning in front of the weather system they hope will propell them to the record.
And if the forcast is right, the majority of the wind will be in the first couple of hours. They hope to be pushing the gas pedal down hard (hopefully hitting speeds in the 40’s) when the breze is in the high 20’s. And then to hold on to any advantage they get on the current record as the wind drops into the high teens as they approach Sardinia.
If all goes well, they hope to average about 24 knots on the 195-mile long run into Porto Cervo and arrive in the late afternoon. If they can do that, they’ll beat previous record was set by Esimit Europa with a time 10h 13m 42s.
Photo Credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon / Team Phaedo