13 August 2014

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland, Sailing Records Set to Tumble

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Records Set to Tumble"Musandam - Oman Sail reached Out Stack, the rock north of Muckle Flugga and the most northerly part of the course, just before 1500 BST 12th August. The MOD 70, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, has about 46 hours to complete the remaining 1098 miles to set a new world record. Musandam - Oman Sail has averaged an astonishing 24 knots on a screaming reach up to the top of the course and needs to average the same, or better, on the way back down. It seems that the wind gods are with them as the new breeze is from the North West and came in just as the trimaran turned for home. It looks like a reach all the way down the west coast of Scotland and Ireland and maybe, just maybe, Musandam - Oman Sail can beat the 2011 record set by Banque Populaire 5, which is twice as long as Musandam - Oman Sail. Since the fleet left Cowes on Monday morning, the wind speed across the entire course has barely dropped below 25 knots and reports of over 40 knots of wind have been recorded by many competitors. The conditions have provided a full-on, proper wild ride but that has taken its toll with three retirements with all crew safe...Volvo Ocean 65 - Azzam out in front The Volvo Ocean 65 fleet have been launched right from the start and the crews are also feeling a few knocks and bruises..."

More info: http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/home.html
Tracking: http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/2014-fleet-tracking.html

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