Sean Langman's exciting ocean racing sloop Grundig is this afternoon racing the clock off Sydney Heads as she heads towards New Zealand on a Monohull World record attempt.
The Sydney 'pocket rocket', a sixty six foot modified Open 60 is seeking to take the current 24 hour record, recently set by the Volvo 60 round the world racer illbruck, who was sailing north in the fast moving Gulf Stream off the US East Coast during the Trans Atlantic leg of the round the world Volvo Ocean Race.
The World Sailing Speed Record Council ratified the world record for the greatest distance sailed in 24 hours by a monohull set by illbruck Challenge during leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race when they achieved a 24-hour run of 484 nautical miles on April 29-30 2002.
Earlier this year Grundig became the first yacht in the history of Australian ocean racing to take line and handicap honours in the Sydney-Mooloolaba and Brisbane-Gladstone races in the same year.
Westerly winds of 25-30 knots are sweeping along the New South Wales coast and rough seas are predicted. The 'super skiff' can reach speeds of 30 knots in 31-knot breezes and the sea state is vitally important in the success of a record attempt. If the waves are too close, then the surfing yacht crashes into the waves ahead, slowing her progress and putting enormous stresses on the boat and rig.
Over the last half hour Grundig has maintained the record pace as she averaged over 20 knots, as she heads east southeasterly reaching across the southwesterly winds.
The crew are Sean Langman, Joe de Cock, Adrian Mills, Bruce Perry and John Crawford.