Jean-Philippe CHOMETTE (FRA) on CityJet has smashed the Round Ireland monohull record, subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC). The 60 foot monohull took over three quarters of day off the existing record of 75 hours, 27 minutes and 33 seconds, set in 2002 by Gary KEEGAN (IRL) on Irish Independent.
Crossing the finish line at the Kish Lighthouse in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland at 0414 hours local time on Friday 6 May 2005, skipper CHOMETTE and his seven man crew brought the 60-footer in in 57 hours, 41 minutes, taking a full 17 hours and 46 minutes off the previous record.
CityJet covered the 708nm at an average speed for the entire trip of 12.2 knots, an improvement of 2.8 knots over Irish Independent.
Formerly known as Solune, CityJet broke the Round Britain and Ireland non stop monohull record last May.
The eight-person crew included co-skipper César DOHY (FRA), Matthieu VINCENT (FRA) as well as the former Whitbread sailor and BT Global Challenge skipper, Chris TIBBS (GBR). Also in the crew on mainsail is yachtsman Patrick TABARLY (FRA).