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.
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