Distance Record Set By Rookie Racer
Le Defi Atlantique
Salvador - La Rochelle
In regaining the lead of the race, Alex THOMPSON aboard his newly acquired AT Racing (formerly Sill), has set a claim on a new singlehanded monohull record of 466 miles in 24 hours.
The WSSR received the claim and subject to ratification, the new mileage set will add just under 36 miles to the current record of 430.7 miles set by Dominique Wavre in December 2000.
Speaking this morning, Thompson explained the feat."My main objective was to regain the lead of the race, so I pushed reasonably hard from my Westerly position, and over the last four days have enjoyed exceptional sailing conditions South of the Azores. I knew I could be on for the record yesterday afternoon when I was sure that I was well positioned in this band of strong wind. So to find out this morning that I have passed into the lead of a fleet made up of the best Open 60 skippers on the circuit is superb, but to have broken the 24hr solo record - and by so much - is an amazing bonus."
||Jean Pierre DICK