Today at around midday Maiden II will set off on an attempt to break the 24 hour distance record currently held by Steve Fossetts Playstation.
Tracy Edwards' crew are determined to beat the record of 687.17 nautical miles that is currently held by Steve Fossett on board Playstation, thereby wresting back the title of 'worlds fastest ocean racing yacht' that was formerly held by Grant Dalton when Maiden II was named Club Med.
Tonight, the 110 ft maxi-catamaran will depart Newport, to sail approximately 250 nautical miles South-South East to a point that has been identified by navigator Adrienne Cahalan as the possible starting point for the record. There the team hope to pick up a weather system that will help them maintain an average speed in excess of the 28.63 knot target speed for 24 hours.
After attempting the record, the crew cross the Atlantic on a training run, returning to the new British base in Ocean Village, Southampton.