Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s supermaxi, Comanche designed by Verdier Design/VPLP has set a new, provisional world record across the Atlantic for a monohull, manually powered sailing vessel of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds.
In this high-definition video we show the supermaxi, who also holds the record for the longest distance sailed by a monohull in 24 hours, crossing the virtual finish line off the Lizard in southern England.
At 12:19:41s GMT, Thursday 28th July, Comanche passed Lizard Point (UK) to complete the 2,880 nautical miles from West to East across the Atlantic and smashed the monohull transatlantic record. This record had been held by Mari Cha IV since 2003 and stood at 6 days 17 hours 52 minutes and 39 seconds. The supermaxi and her crew beat the previous record by 1 day, 3 hours 31 minutes 14 seconds in a total elapsed time of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds at an average speed of 21.44 knots.
The record is still to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council, however that is expected to be a formality.
Comanche was built by the Hodgdon Yard in Maine, USA and was launched in late 2014. She is fitted with Southern Spars and North Sails. Her regular skipper, Ken Read is also President of North Technology, but was not aboard for this record attempt due to other commitments. Navigator was the maestro, Stan Honey.
by Sail-World.com NZL