Maiden II's Atlantic crossing narrowly misses the record books
During Maiden II’s westbound transatlantic crossing, the Bahamian winds denied the crew the opportunity to break the two-year-old record.
With 200 miles remaining to break the record last night, the local winds died, leaving a few knots of upwind breeze for the maxi-catamaran.
Continuing would have required sailing upwards of 300 miles in a faltering breeze. The crew consulted with Sailing Director Tracy Edwards and decided to call off the record attempt.
Nevertheless Edwards was clearly pleased with the progress the crew has made in such a short space of time, whilst being frustrated that the conditions had not allowed Maiden II to break a record on her first proper voyage.
‘We decided to abandon the attempt when we knew that the wind was not going to let us finish in time. There is no prize for second place when you are breaking records! I’m thrilled that the crew has achieved such a fast transatlantic crossing. Although it would have been good to have broken a record at our first attempt, they did a great job to catch up with Club Med’s time.’
‘The crew have clearly proved that we are ‘on the pace’ with this amazing boat and as a training exercise this attempt has been invaluable. If we continue to progress at this rate, then I’m sure that we can break the Jules Verne record next year.’
Maiden II was at 23 48N 71 04W when the decision to change course for Antigua was made.