Solo, round-the-world record

For the past few days Thomas Coville of the Maxi Trimaran Sodeb’O, accompanied by his routers and team, has been observing the evolution of a highly favourable weather window. A departure is likely to be in the next two days.

The weather conditions enabling a descent from Brest to the equator in less than 7 days looks possible, but there is still some doubt as regards the strength of the wind between the Canaries and Cape Verde.

After setting out from Brest in a north-westerly, Sodeb’O will go in search of a point to gybe in the Azores High, which is positioned a long way north and will then generate a steady easterly tradewind enabling Coville to adopt a direct course towards Cape Verde and the Doldrums.

In order to beat the solo round the world record held since 20th January 2008 by Francis Joyon, Coville will have to return to Brest in less than 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds.

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