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The MOD 70 Oman Sail, a giant trimaran will attempt to break the non-stop Round Ireland Speed sailing record starting in two days time. As previously reported Ireland's Damian Foxall confirmed to Afloat.ie this morning the bid to beat the 20-year record held by the late Steve Fossett's Lakota will more than likley start off the Kish lighhouse on Dublin Bay.
The professional crew are out to beat the one day, 20 hour and 42 minute record that has stood since 1993. To do it they must average more than 15.84 knots for the entire 700-mile voyage.
Foxall and a five man crew led by France's Sidney Gavigonet can opt to circumnavigate the country in either direction. The crew expect to encounter 40–knot winds for a time after the start according to the latest forecasts for the Irish Sea on Thursday.
According to the world speed record council (WSSR) there is only one record for whatever direction the multihull takes so she may sail north or southabout around Ireland.
Under WSS rule 20d the the only approved starting/finishing line is: Dun Laoghaire: between the light on the south pier: 53° 18.1' N; 6° 07.6' W and Kish Lighthouse: 53° 18.7' N ; 5° 55.5' W
The course must enclose the whole of Ireland and the following islands or rocks:Rathlin Is, Tor Rocks and Gulf Is, Tory Is, Eagle Is, Tearaght Is, Great Skellig, Fastnet Rock, Coningbeg Rock, Tuskar Rock.
The 100ft Canting Keel Maxi Leopard 3 has broken its own record for a 24-hour run, covering 495 nautical miles. The previous record stood at 466.4NM.
The record is in a special category for craft with powered winches, and doesn't come close to some of the other records on boats where humans work the lines by hand.
The monohull record outright is still held by Torben Grael's Ericsson 4 team who covered 596.6nm at an average speed of 24.85 knots during the last Volvo Ocean Race.
Frenchman Thomas Coville blasted through 628.5 nautical miles in 24 hours on his 105ft trimaran Sodebo, averaging 26.2 knots in the process.
But the absolute mac daddy of them all is held by Pascal Bidegorry in his monstrous 131ft trimaran Banque Populaire 5. Bidegorry travelled 908.2 nautical miles in one day, and with an average of 37.84 knots you can only imagine what his top speed was.
The World Sailing Speed Record Council announces the ratification of a new World Record for ICAP Leopard.
Record: Monohull. 24 hours under rule 21.c
Yacht: ICAP Leopard. 100ft Monohull
Name: Mike Slade and 20 crew
Dates: 31st May to the 1st June 2010.
Start time: 05.00; 31/05/10
Finish time: 05.00; 01/06/10
Elapsed time: 24 hours
Distance: 495.1 NM
Average speed: 20.6 kts
Comments: Previous record: 466.4nm 19.4 kts. May 08 Leopard. Mike Slade GBR