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A New record Set
From Australia we have word of a new sailing
speed records. The record broken is the outright
mark for the Sydney-Gold Coast race. This 386
mile race starts in Sydney on Australia's east coast.
Finish is to the north and west in Southport, Queensland.
The record breaking vessel is Brindabellea owned
by George Snow. She is a 22 meter Jutson designed
monohull. The new record is 1 days 3 hours 35 minutes
and 3 seconds. In the first 24 hours Snow and crew sailed
342 miles an average of 14.25 knots. For the course
Brindabella sailed at an average of 14.0 knots. This
14 knot average places Brindabella's record as the 10th
fastest when records are sorted by average speed. The
14 knots is the fastest average for a record held by a
monohull. The previous record was 1 day 6 hours 22
minutes and 8 seconds set in 1997 by Foxtel Amazon
skippered by Peter Walker.
Records to be Attempted this week
Later in the week British sailor Ellen MacArthur will
attempt to break two sailing records in British waters. One
will be the Round the Island Record, the other the Fastnet.
MacArthur will co-skipper the 60 foot trimaran Kingfisher
(formerly Primagaz) with Yvan Bourgnon.
The current Round the Isle of Wight record is 3 hours
35 minutes 39 seconds an average of 13.86 knots. The
distance around the Island is 49.65 miles.
The Fastnet is the famed 605 mile ocean race.
sailing as Primagaz set the record in 1997. The
reference for MacAthur and crew is: 1 day 21 hours
44 minutes and 47 seconds an average speed of 13.23
knots. The Fastnet race starts this Saturday.