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12 December 2003, 12:28 pm
Distance Record Set By Rookie Racer
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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."

Current Positions

Pos Competitor Latitude Longitude DTL DTF
1 Alex THOMSON N345704 W0241084 0 1257
2 Vincent RIOU N340700 W0231912 2.2 1259.2
3 Mike GOLDING N322110 W0243791 123.9 1380.9
4 Sébastien JOSSE N310956 W0245316 185.6 1442.6
5 Nick MOLONEY N295180 W0254328 272.8 1529.8
6 Joe SEETEN N272124 W0262884 415.8 1672.8
7 Benoît LEQUIN N252676 W0273620 543.9 1800.9
8 Benoît PARNAUDEAU N233952 W0294752 700.6 1957.6
9 Anne LIARDET N212504 W0295776 816.8 2073.8
10 Jean Pierre DICK N212956 W0304628 838.2 2095.2
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