Robert MILLER'S 140 foot super yacht Mari-Cha IV is attempting to rewrite sailing history by becoming the first monohull ever to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in under 8 days.
Mari-Cha IV, started its west to east transatlantic record attempt yesterday afternoon at 17:39:41 BST.
She set sail with Miller at the wheel and a crew of 22 of the world's best sailors onboard. The record attempt officially started as they passed Ambrose Lighthouse off New York Harbour, and was recorded by the pilot boat 'The New Jersey'.
To capture the current record, set by Swiss sailor Bernard STAMM on 1st February 2001, they must sail to Lizard Point, Cornwall in less 8 days, 20 hours, 55 minutes and 35 seconds.
But Miller and his crew are not just aiming to break the record, as they hope to rewrite sailing history by becoming the first monohull to sail across the Atlantic in less than 8 days.
They also hope to become the first monohull to ever sail over 500 miles in a 24-hour period.
If they achieve this, the Mari-Cha team will capture what is the most historic speed record in sailing. The transatlantic speed record was first set in 1905 when the famous American, Charlie BARR sailed his yacht Atlantic from the US to the UK in 12 days, 4 hours and 1 minute.
The passage is from Ambrose lighthouse (just off NY) to Lizard Point (off the south west coast of England) and covers a distance of 2925 nm.
Therefore, to break the 8 day barrier, Mari-Cha IV would need to sail an average of 366 nm per day, and average a speed of 15.3 knots.
This record is particularly important to owner and skipper, Robert MILLER, as it was he who held the record before Bernard STAMM aboard his 146ft ketch, Mari-Cha III. He and his crew shattered the existing record on 24th October 1998 by a whopping 2.5 days, but Stamm has since bettered it.
The proposed assault on the transatlantic west - east record by Mari-Cha IV aims to shave 21 hours off the existing time, and there is no boat or crew better qualified or more determined to take up that challenge.