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13 April 2005, 10:29 am
540 Miles To Be Beaten
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WSSRC Record Attempt

At 0010 hours GMT (local time) yesterday Yves PARLIER (FRA), aboard Médiatis Région Aquitaine, dashed for the solo record of 24-hour distance run, in an ultimately unsuccessful, but hugely promising record attempt.
The skipper from Aquitaine left early on Monday morning from the port of Las Palmas to position to the North of Canaries Islands. His objective: to try and beat Laurent BOURGNON's (FRA) single-handed 24 hour distance record. BOURGNON established the record over ten years ago on Primagaz during his crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in June 1994 where he covered 540 miles in 24 hours at an average speed of 22.50 knots.

At 1500 Médiatis Région Aquitaine was 30 miles ahead of BOURGNON's record and was at times travelling at more than 39 knots with an average speed over the first seven hours of more than 30 knots. For PARLIER these were very encouraging figures that confirm the enormous potential of the boat.

However after noon, very unstable meteorological conditions obliged PARLIER to take in a reef. Whilst he was doing so, the boat gibed violently, breaking four battens and ending the record attempt.

PARLIER, on satellite telephone, indicated that he has returned to Las Palmas to make repairs and get ready for the second attempt as fast as possible.

Current Record:
Longest Distance Run in 24 Hours
By any yacht, sailed single-handed

Primagaz, Laurent BOURGNON (FRA)
trimaran 60ft 18.29m,
North Atlantic, 28-29 June 1994
540.0 nautical miles
22.50 knots

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Médiatis Région Aquitaine:© Hervé Lefebvre/Twin
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