After setting out on Saturday 29 January at 11:07:28' (GMT) on the solo round the world record attempt, the skipper of SODEBO crossed the finish line off Ushant on Thursday 31 March 2011 at 12:15 (GMT) after 61 days, 7 minutes and 32 seconds at sea.
Thomas Coville took 3 days, 10 hours, 43 minutes and 26 seconds longer than Francis Joyon on IDEC in 2008 (57d 13h34'06'').
The challenger was faster than the record holder. However, due to less favourable weather conditions, which meant that Coville wasn't able to follow as direct a route as that of the record holder, the skipper of Sodebo covered 28,431 miles at an average of 19.42 knots, or 2,031 miles further than Francis Joyon, who covered 26,400 miles at an average speed of 19.11 kts.
After a lively start off Ushant two months ago, conditions also proved rather beefy for the finish off the north west tip of Brittany. Though all the solo sailor's efforts weren't crowned with victory on the finish line, the emotion was very real with increased vigilance necessary to protect the damaged starboard bow as it buried into the chaotic sea.
Name: Francis Joyon (FRA)
Dates: January 2008.
Elapsed time: 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds
Average speed: 15.84kts
For more information on Sodebo click here.
World Sailing Speed Record Council website