Ross Hobson, Guy Gibbins and Simon Redding aboard the 50ft trimaran Mollymawk have broken the trans-Atlantic, Bermuda to Plymouth speed record
Ross Hobson, Guy Gibbins and Simon Redding aboard the 50ft trimaran Mollymawk have broken the trans-Atlantic, Bermuda to Plymouth world record.
Newcastle dentist Ross Hobson with his crew of Guy Gibbins and Simon Redding aboard the 50ft trimaran Mollymawk have, subject to ratification, broken the trans-Atlantic, Bermuda to Plymouth world record. The team crossed the finishing line at Plymouth at 1920hrs last night (Monday 30 August) knocking almost 14 hours off the previous Bermuda to Plymouth record.
The current record for the 2,870 mile crossing was set by French yachtsman Eric Tabarly in 14 days 20 hours in August 1974.
Hobson and team who were raising money for Sail 4 Cancer set of on their record attempt on 12 August but had to return to Bermuda to repair the port bow which had split just hours into their journey. Despite concerns about the problem with the hulls however, the team eventually restarted on Monday 16 August. Fortunately although the crossing took place in generally light winds, they managed to pick up a good weather system on the last few days allowing a new record to be set.
Hobson commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve finally achieved what we set out to do. It’s a great stepping stone to my next challenge which I hope to get off the ground within the next 12 months.”
Still on a ‘high’ from the Atlantic crossing Hobson is currently en-route to the north-east coast of England where he hopes to deliver Mollymawk to his home club of Coquet Yacht Club in Amble in time to hot-foot it to Cardiff on Thursday morning for a dentistry conference.