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19 November 2001, 11:31 am
Volvo Ocean Race Record For News Corp
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450.13 Nautical Miles in 24 hours is the new benchmark for a V.O.60 to claim it is fast. Between 1530 GMT on Saturday 17 November and 1530GMT on Sunday 18 November News Corp achieved the average speed of 18.754 knots.

This is 0.93 miles or 0.03 knots more than Silk Cut's record in the last race. Both times the yachts were skippered by Englishmen, Lawrie Smith last time and Jez Fanstone this time. Jez was on board Silk Cut when establishing the old record. This record is the current standing but could be topped once again in the present weather conditions in the Southern Ocean.

Illbruck was just three and djuice six miles short of the record. All happened at the first weather window with strong reaching conditions a few days in the second of nine legs in the Volvo Ocean Race. This shows, that this new breed of V.O.60's is capable of setting a new 24-hour record for monohulls given higher and more constant wind speed. The present record for a monohull stands at 467.7 miles.

Volvo Ocean Race Press/News Editor
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