Maiden 2 grabs Channel record
ST MALO, France -- Maxi catamaran Maiden 2 has taken the English Channel record by cutting 57 minutes off the 1991 record.
Maiden 2 took 5 hours and 24 minutes to cross from Cowes, Isle of Wight to St Malo, France, finishing at 14:44:04 on Tuesday.
The previous record was set by American adventurer Steve Fossett in his 38m (125ft) catamaran PlayStation in December 1991. The Maiden 2 team had an unofficial average speed of 25.7 knots.
Skipper Brian Thompson and crew member Helena Darvelid were aboard PlayStation for the 1991 record, so both broke their own record.
"We're smoking! I can see St Malo and were doing 26 knots of boat speed. The wind has held all the way contrary to what was expected, we've had 15-16 knots the whole time," Thompson said during the crossing.
This latest record is Maiden 2's fourth record in the last four months. It now holds the Antigua-Newport record; the 24-hour speed record; the Round Britain and Ireland record and the Channel record.
Project director Tracy Edwards remained ashore to find a sponsor for a Jules Verne non-stop round-the-world record in early 2003.
Edwards purchased Maiden 2 in March. The boat was formerly called Club Med and sailed by veteran New Zealand sailor Grant Dalton in The Race 2000, which it won in a 62-day non-stop circumnavigation from Barcelona back to Marseille.
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