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Maiden 2 grabs Channel record

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Maiden 2 has added four records to its trophy haul  

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.

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"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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