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20 April 2005, 05:04 pm
Team MoviStar Celebrates Record
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Spain's entry to the Volvo Ocean Race, MoivStar are celebrating after they received confirmation from the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) that they had broken the 24 hour distance record for a monohull.
The WSSRC ratified the record set by the VO 70 on 5 April, after she sailed 530.19 nautical miles in 24 hours, at an average speed of 22.09 knots.

'Excellent news for the whole team, the sponsors and the Volvo Ocean Race,' says Pedro CAMPOS (ESP), General Manager and inshore helmsman of MoviStar.

'Even though the feat was achieved last week, we have had to wait until today [Monday - Ed] for the WSSRC to confirm the record. Now we are officially the monohull that has run the greatest number of miles in 24 hours in the whole history of sailing,' CAMPOS continued.

Bouwe BEKKING (NED), the boat's skipper, spoke of the joy of the crew when their feat was made official. 'Everybody on board has received the news of the confirmation of the record as if we had set it all over again. We know what you do in the water is meaningless until it is made official, so today we will celebrate again,' he enthused.

'From my position as navigator, I have two reasons to rejoice,' added proud expatriate Australian, Andrew CAPE.

'With the confirmation of our record, WSSRC is also confirming that the data collected by the boat's measuring equipment is correct, because the difference between our information and the official data is a mere 0.2 miles,' CAPE said.

John REED, Secretary to the WSSRC, made the official announcement of the record saying, 'I am very pleased to be able to write confirming ratification of MoviStar's performance. Many congratulations to all concerned.'

Comments from the MoviStar logbook:

'The last two hours were slow and conscientious,' wrote BEKKING. 'Not in the boat's speed, but in Capey's reading of the numbers.'

'When we reached 525 miles, we knew the record was close; in order to break a record, you must sail at least one mile more than the previous record, so when we knew we had sailed 527 miles, everybody on deck started shouting with joy.'

'On the screen, this figure increased to 529.9 miles according to our data, but it was great to receive confirmation of 530.19 miles by the Volvo office.'

From Stu BANNATYNE, Watch Captain on the VO 70, and the only one on board who had previous experience of a world record, as a Watch Captain on board the Mari-Cha IV:

'When we set the previous record with the Mari-Cha, the feeling was different, just as both boats were different… Here we have been able to see very clearly that the bigger the boat, the greater the comfort. Mari-Cha is 143 feet long, whereas this boat is just 70 feet long; there were 24 people on board the Mari-Cha, and only ten on the MoviStar, but the emotion has been greater. It's tough, but it is worth it nonetheless.'

During one of the satellite communications with the boat after achieving the record, Xabi FERNÁNDEZ (ESP), Olympic gold medallist and jib trimmer, emphasized the still-untapped potential of MoviStar, 'we have the feeling that we can improve this record. When we set the record, we were not following the ideal course, and the current was not helping. We think we can push the record a little bit further. I don't know when, but we will do it.'

BEKKING's boat log continues: 'How do I feel?'

'First of all, happy for our sponsor; this can be considered as a token of appreciation to MoviStar. Without them, we wouldn't have made it, but, most of all, I am happy for the team.'

'All the hours we have spent have helped us a lot, which is why we have been able to sail so fast so early.'

The day after setting the record, the wind gave a break to the MoviStar crew. The pace has slackened slightly, and we have been forced to lower the spinnaker because of the headwind; however, we are still sailing at a good clip, at an average of more than 500 miles a day.'

'A side note: it's wonderful to lay down on your bunk and sleep peacefully knowing that the guys on deck have everything under control.'

The record confirmed by the World Speed Sailing Record Council for the VO 70 MoviStar replaces the former record set by the British monohull two-mast 143 ft Mari-Cha IV, skipped by Robert MILLER (GBR), which sailed 525.7 miles in 24 hours, at an average speed of 21.9 knots from 6-7 October 6 2003.

MoviStar Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© MoviStar Sailing
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