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19 August 2005, 02:36 pm
COVILLE Lines Up Sunday Start For Solo Transatlantic Attempt
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WSSRC Record Attempt
New York, USA

Thomas COVILLE (FRA) on Sobedo is looking at a possible Sunday departure from Ambrose Light, New York, USA in an attempt to break Francis JOYON's (FRA) solo transatlantic record of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds.

Sodebo is on orange alert for a Sunday start to her transatlantic attempt, with any departure dependent on a depression which is forming north of New York which COVILLE is hoping will provide him with 18-30 knot winds as far the finish line at the Lizard, Great Britain.

Speaking this morning COVILLE stated his intention to make the most of a possible opportunity as he lines up three different records. First is Laurent BOURGNON's (FRA) 7 day, 2 hour, 34 minute and 42 second record from 1994 set on Primagaz, a boat of the same category and size as Sodebo. The major prize though is the solo transatlantic record JOYON set by beating BOURGNON's time at the beginning of July on the IDEC trimaran. COVILLE will also be aiming at the solo 24 hours distance run record which JOYON set at 543 miles during his voyage across the Atlantic.

COVILLE commented, 'Our prime objective is the record of Laurent because it is that of our category. Then, Francis placed the bar very high and I will do everything to compete. He is the fastest man today on the Atlantic, it is 'the' reference. And then, the 24 hour record interests me enormously because it is a reference mark which speaks to the whole planet.'

COVILLE is not the only sailor going for the record either. Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR) is in the process of moving B&Q to New York with the aim of going on standby for a record attempt from 1 September.

UPDATE 20 August: Due to the meteorological situation, and a depression on the east coast of America, Coville has decided to postpone his departure.

ISAF (source: Sodebo Voile). Image, COVILLE in front of the Manhattan skyline:© Don Emmert/AFP
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