Alex Thomson has been granted speed record status for his 24-hour speed run during last year's Le Défi Atlantique race
Alex Thomson has been granted speed record status for his 24-hour speed run during last year’s Le Défi Atlantique race.
Thomson lodged a claim of 467 miles to the World Sailing Speed Record Council in December last year for the 24-hour, singlehanded monohull speed record. However, on examining the documentation, the WSSR Council was unable to agree with the claim and was forced to re-examine all the position reports together with the relevant calculations.
The result of the investigation showed that the time was in fact 468, an increased distance of 1.72 nm over that which Thomson claimed:
New 24 hour, monohull, singlehanded record
Alex Thomson GBR
11-12 December 2003
468.72 nautical miles