The Wile E. Coyote of sailing tries again-we’re all with him!


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While – as we told you Francis Joyon set out to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy (awarded to the person who completes the fastest round-the-world flight nonstop by crew), there is someone trying to break his solo circumnavigation record. And he did it quietly, without publicity, perhaps out of superstition.

Route du Rhum : Thomas Coville, le favori, abandonneTHAT THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME?
Thomas Coville, aboard the maxi trimaran Sodebo. (we had nicknamed him the “Wile E. Coyote of sailing,” as he has already tried twice so far to snatch the record from Joyon without succeeding: in 2011, during the first attempt, he was the protagonist of a ballasting whose video went around the world and which we show you below) is traveling quite strongly after leaving Brittany.

covilleAfter almost 18 days at sea, he has already ground 10,542 miles (as the crow flies, he has almost 15,000 to go) at an average speed of 22.2 knots and has a lead of 384 miles over Joyon’s projection, which in 2008 on its IDEC took 57 days, 13 hours and 54 minutes. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 2,000 miles from Cape Leeuwin in front of Port-Aux-Francais (a permanent scientific and technical station in the Kerguelen Islands, created in 1950 on the south coast of the Courbet Peninsula on the Gulf of Morbihan on Grande Terre). His determination is great; Coville never gets down (even at the 2014 Route du Rhum he was forced to retire after a collision with a submerged object). That’s why we are rooting for him! You can follow him live here




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