Armel is well ahead of record pace on BPVII and has just set a new unratified solo multihull 24 hour record 677nm at 28.20 knots.
From the following Banque Populaire press release (in French)
and the rough bing translate:
FLASH RECORD: Armel Le Cléac ' h exploded the record for distance sailed in 24 hours single-handed!
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Armel Le Cléac ' h and the Maxi Trimaran Solo Bank Populaire VII , today, beating the record for distance covered in 24 hours alone with 677 miles * is 1253 km to the stunning average of 28,20 knots. This is the new absolute record of speed in 24 hours and solitaire.
The skipper of the Bank of the sail, party Thursday night, trying to beat the record of the Route de la Découverte between Cadiz (Spain) and San El Salvador (Bahamas).
Armel Le Cléac ' has h, at 16.30 clock, 311.3 mile lead over the course of reference * There are 2283,5 miles to go the bow of the trimaran in the colours of the Banque Populaire.
"It's perfect, it's great!"said Armel Le Cléac ' h. "Distance in 24 hours record is beaten! From the Canary Islands, the conditions are conducive to speed even though I am cautious. The sea is in the right direction and my trimaran goes almost as fast as the wind (about 30 knots) while I'm still on the same side. This record was part of our goals on the road of discovery or as early as late May between New York and the Lizard. Today, it is in the Pocket. »
* This new absolute record is now running the World Record Sailing Speed Council approval. It belonged to Francis Joyon with 666.2 miles.
* This course of 3 884 miles on the Route de la Découverte is held by Francis Joyon since February 2013 in 8 d 16 h 07' 05 ", either 18,66 knots...
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