American skipper Steve Fossett and his international crew of 12, aboard 125' maxi catamaran PlayStation, have set a new Miami - New York world sailing speed record.
Their time of 2 days 5 hours 55 mins 8 secs beats the previous mark by the considerable margin of 16 hours 55 mins. The previous record for this passage - 2 days 22 hours 50 mins, was set by Data Explorer, co-skippered by Bruno Peyron (France) and Cam Lewis (USA), June 1999.
A pleased Steve Fossett - reflecting on setting his 14th World Record in sailing - spoke tonight by sat-phone from the boat, just after passing New York: "It is nice to back in the record business! And for a number of the crew it was their first World Record. Winds were quite moderate really - we started in only 10 kts of wind and we've probably seen a 15 kt average wind speed. But it has been consistent - except for the past few hours, anyway! And PlayStation excelled in these conditions. We covered 505 nm the first day - and 503 the second. So this has been a very good trip - not just for the new record, but because we've really shown her potential again."
PlayStation and her crew are now sailing on to Newport, RI and will arrive early Wednesday morning, where final preparations for an attempt on the 11-year old TransAtlantic sailing record (NYC - UK) will begin. Steve Fossett is shortly off to Australia however, from where he will attempt the first Solo Round the World Balloon flight. Steve's 'Solo Spirit' project goes on weather watch on May 29.