Thomas COVILLE Beats the Record Sailing Solo Around the World

26 December 2016

Frenchman Thomas COVILLE broke the solo sailing world record Sunday 25 December 2016 by cutting the finish line at Ouessant (France) in 49 days and 3 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds. On his maxi-trimaran, the skipper of SODEBO very much beat the previous reference time, performed in 2008 by Francis JOYON with 57 days and 13 hours.

Thomas COVILLE did not miss his Christmas appointment. Alone at sea for 50 days, the French skipper has joined Ouessant Sunday evening, on Christmas day 2016, to cross as a hero the virtual line of the solo round the world sailing, with a new record at the end. In a little more than 49 days and 3 hours, the French sailor has demolished the reference time established by Francis JOYON in 2008.

After trying in vain in 2009 and 2011, the Frenchman is now successful in completing this exhausting adventure sailing solo around the world, with 51,300 kilometres covered in less than 50 days.

SODEBO is a maxi-trimaran of the Ultim’ class with the following characteristics:

  • Naval architects: VPLP
  • Length: 31.00m
  • Beam: 21.20m
  • Mast height: 35.00m
  • Mast rope: 1.20m
  • Air draft: 37,00m
  • Mainsail surface: 283m2
  • Max upwind sail surface: 444m2
  • Max downwind sail surface: 663m2
  • 1 Column and 6 winches
  • 400m2 of dyneema nets
  • Autopilots: electric and hydraulic

Again, Allied Yachting celebrates Christmas Day and the exploits of French sailors in relevant offshore races, thanking all our readers for their affinity to our BLOG.

Bravo Thomas!