Owen Clarke 60's round Cape Horn - Golding's record intact.




This week: All three Owen Clarke 60’s round Cape Horn and Golding retains record with under seven thousand miles to the finish line, a little over two Trans Atlantic Races.

Despite the extraordinary speeds of the front runners in this year’s Vendée Globe, Golding retains the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) record from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Horn of 16 days, 5 hours and 26 minutes set on the OCD designed Ecover 2 during the Vendée Globe 2004-05.

Lying in sixth place in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, the solo, non-stop round the world race, this rounding marks the British skipper’s remarkable achievement of racing  around the tip of South America for the sixth time.  Golding’s passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic today is his third time solo in a Vendée Globe, rounding west to east in 2001, 2005 and now 2013. And this time – which will probably be his last solo racing passage – the relief has been considerable.

Dominique Wavre was next to round on the on the 60th day of the race at 10.18 AM. The Swiss skipper has made his 9th rounding of the mythical cape, probably a record among Vendee skippers, certainly the most of any of the current competitors.

Next of the OCD boats rounding a few hours later and hot on the tail of the Swiss competitor was Javier Sanso, his first solo rounding and setting records of his own. Rounding the Cape for the first time with a 100% Eco-Powered Open 60. Commenting on this Bubi noted:

“I still think it is quite incredible that this project has gone from something on a PowerPoint spreadsheet to reality. Having rounded the three southern capes, we have made history, nobody has ever managed to do this before by using just eco-efficient energies, non-stop, and as we might say – quickly!”

Video of Bubi's rounding here.


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