The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) have ratified the 24 hour distance monohull record set by MoviStar. The VO 70 increased the record by five miles to 530.19 nm.
The Spanish entry for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 set the record for the longest distance sailed by a monohull in 24 hours on the 4-5 April, four days after the boat left Wellington, New Zealand on her way to Cape Horn, Chile. Skippered by Bouwe BEKKING (NED), MoviStar
covered 530.19nm in 24 hours at an average speed of 22.09 knots.
The previous record was held by Robert MILLER (GBR) on Maricha IV, who covered 525.7 nm at an average speed of 21.9 knots.
Part of BEKKING's crew is Iker MARTÍNEZ, the Spanish 49er gold medallist in Athens 2004. He said, 'The boat literally flew! It's hard to describe the sensation as it cuts through the waves at this speed'.