Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Isotak Ocean

Solo North Atlantic crossing record - Clock is ticking away for Safran

by Safran Sailing Team on 28 Jun 2013
2013 North Atlantic crossing Regatta - Safran sailing ©Piotr Redlinsky / CAPA Pictures / Safran
The clock is ticking for the French skipper,Marc Guillemot. Aboard the 60-foot monohull Safran set off alone from New York on Thursday, June 27th 2013 to attempt to grab the prestigious solo North Atlantic crossing record from east to west on a monohull.

Safran crossed the line at the foot of Ambrose Light at 23:19 GMT. The record attempt has also become a race, as the Pole, Zbigniew Gutkowski set off at the same time as Marc Guillemot.

The goal is to try to smash the record set by the Brtitish sailor, Alex Thomson in July 2012: 8 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes and 31 seconds. To achieve this, Safran will have to cross the finishing line off The Lizard on the South coast of England by 20hrs 27mn 31s GMT on Saturday, July 6th, 2013. This means maintaining an average speed of more than 13.7 knots over the 2880 miles of the course. It will also involve overcoming a number of hurdles: thick mists off Canada, marine mammals, shipping… Last summer, Alex Thomson managed to improve on Bernard Stamm’s old record time by more than one day. A record he had held for ten years.

Marc Guillemot: 'a goal in itself'
Marc Guillemot is particularly keen to tackle this record: 'It is important for two reasons. Firstly, the delivery trip to New York allowed us to sail across the Atlantic and make technical progress aboard the boat, take measures and check out the work we did during the winter. But the North Atlantic record is a goal in itself, something we really want to aim for to enable me to get over the disappointment of the Vendée Globe. Alex Thomson had a remarkable crossing keeping up an average of 14 knots on the direct route. We have to do even better than that…'

Jean-Yves Bernot explains the weather opportunity
One of the many difficulties with this legendary crossing is finding the right weather opportunity. Marc Guillemot is being helped by his router Jean-Yves Bernot. He tells us more, 'The opportunity looks very good for the start of the attempt. At the start there will be plenty of wind, but not too much: a SSW’ly of around 30 knots. Marc will be following a low-pressure area, which formed to the south of the Great Lakes and will move right across to the longitude of the Azores. Halfway throigh the crossing, he will experience less wind, but it still remains interesting. Ideally, he will be hoping for another low-pressure area to develop behind him. The record takes around 8 days and the forecasts are only reliable for 4-5 days: so for the time being, the conditions for the end of the crossing are not that reliable. There is still some uncertainty and it will be down to good luck, but that is what you expect with these records. It all depends on small details in any case.'

A race as well as a record
Marc Guillemot will not be setting out alone to tackle the solo North Atlantic record for a 60-foot monohull. Another sailor from the last Vendée Globe, the Polish skipper, Zbigniew Gutkowski (nicknamed 'Gutek'), set off at the same time. A race within the record, which means extra motivation for the skipper of Safran.
InSunSport - NZKilwell - 1Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr