sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Photo Gallery Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing FishingBoating
Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : 'I won't crack under pressure' solo circumnavigator Coville

'I won't crack under pressure' solo circumnavigator Coville

'Sodeb’O'    © François Van Malleghem / DPPI pour Sodeb'O ©    Click Here to view large photo

'I won't crack under pressure. I'll do my best.' Words of a true sportsman from French sailor Thomas Coville, who is on his 17th day trying to solo circumnavigate the world and set a record doing so. So what's the pressure? Coville has been singularly unlucky with his weather, which has put him far behind the man he is trying to beat, fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon, who currently holds the record at under 58 days.

It's true that the weather has finally come good for Coville as he approaches the Roaring Forties in his 105ft trimaran Sodeb'O, and he's averaging a good 22-23 knots. The problem is, at the time of writing he is over 800 miles behind where Joyon was at this stage, which will be very difficult to catch up, even with the best of conditions all the way.

Thomas Coville on maxi trimaran Sodeb’O photo Th.Martinez/Sea&Co. -  ThMartinez?nid=80283_- Sea & Co - Copyright  
Coville reports wryly: 'It is not a perfect world at the moment.'

Explaining, he goes on, 'We are sailing around the St Helena high pressure which is really big at the moment and we are having to make big big distance to catch the low pressure in the south and get 'on the train, but all that way we have done along the Brazilian coast and all that distance are miles Francis Joyon’s didn’t do.

'Everything is okay on Sodebo and this morning it is very nice. I am trying to take every minute and every second like it is and not think too much about the future and our delay. I know already what is going to be the race now. The race is against time and is against me. I won’t crack under pressure. I’ll do my best.'

Not long after saying this, Coville passed the Cape of Good Hope, marking his entry to the south Indian Ocean.

Francis Joyon's record was set three years ago at 57 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes and 6 seconds, in his maxi-trimaran IDEC. Coville has already made a previous attempt two years ago to beat the record, but it took him more than 59 days. Sodeb'O has been under constant improvement since then to find the perfect trim and balance to enable him to crack the elusive record.

But unless something out-of-the-box happens with the weather, it might be just not perfect enough...





















































More than a month after his target departure date of 20th December, French solo sailor Thomas Coville has set off from the port of Brest in his 105 ft trimaran Sodeb'O in a bid to break the around-the-world solo sailing record. To achieve this, he will have to round the globe in less than 57 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes and 6 seconds.

This is how long it took his fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon to circle the world three years ago, and THAT was a whopping 14 days faster than British sailor Ellen Macarthur's record making voyage in 2005.

Two years ago, in the same boat, Coville made an attempt to beat the record, but it took him more than 59 days. He didn't even think of giving up. Sodeb'O has been under constant improvement since it was delivered in 2007, to find the perfect trim and balance to enable him to crack the elusive record. New curved dagger boards that act as hydro foil have recently been added to help lift the hull clear of the water.

About the boat:
Boat Speed shipyard built this 105-foot trimaran especially for Thomas in Sydney, Australia. It’s the same wharf that built B&Q for Dame Ellen Mac Arthur. The design comes from the well-known and merited due Nigel Irens and Benoît Cabaret. The important structural analysis done by John Level has helped ensure that Thomas the optimal weight-to-safety ratio in his search for winning speed.

Length: 32 m (105 feet)
Width: 16.55 m (55 feet)
Weight: 12 tonnes
Depth: 2,50 m
Main sail: 240 m2

About Thomas Coville:

Thomas Coville on maxi trimaran Sodeb’O photo Th.Martinez/Sea&Co. -  ThMartinez?nid=80283_- Sea & Co - Copyright  
Thomas Coville is no stranger to the setting of records. So far his records include:

Twenty-four hours singlehanded record: Thomas covered 628,5 nautical miles at an average speed of 26,2 knots (2009)

Trans Atlantic singlehanded record, New York to Lizards point, in 5 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds (2009)

Fastest lap of the British Isles: 6 days 6:40:31 (2006).

Record Miami - New York in 3 days 05 hours and 12 seconds (2005)

Record of the Atlantic from East to West ( Cadiz - San Salvador ): 10 days 11:50:46 (2005).




by Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80283

12:40 AM Tue 15 Feb 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World











Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,










British rescuers go for their own circumnavigation challenge by Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,


How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans by Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,


Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years by AFP/Sail-World Cruising,














Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland by Sail-World Cruising round-up,
























Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,




Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction
Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act'
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
Yacht of the Week: Kokomo III - and she could be yours
Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world
Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play
Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter
Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again
3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters
Product of the Week: the LineGrabber
Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water!
Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat?
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone
Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly
No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make
Multihull Solutions Phuket 2014 Regatta - new sponsorship
Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea
Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann
Jet stream gets fish in hot water   
Still no plans for e-Borders   
A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant   
Air warms but water slower - be careful, sailors, of hypothermia   
Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers?   
Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record   
How to anchor and 'never utter a word'   
Non-pyrotechnic flares for my boat - Can I or can't I?   
Health benefits of sailing   
Cruising in the Maldives - some nuts and bolts   
ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising   
Halyard Tension - a video   
Winchrite - for lazy days or extra muscle-power   
Researcher examines 'current leaks' that may change the way you sail   
Paris off to attempt to circumnavigate the world again   
Need a tow from that helicopter? - watch the video and don't laugh   
Certain oil spill products shown to be ineffective and toxic + Video   
The Constrictor: a powerful 'Queen' of sailing knots!   
British leisure craft permitted to use red diesel in Belgian waters   
Boat painting - simple but best tips   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  



















 
Our Advertisers are committed to our sport, please support them!
This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia Pty. Ltd and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.

Photographs are copyright by law. If you wish to use or buy a photograph you must contact the photographer directly (there is a hyperlink in most cases to their website, or do a Google search.) with your request.

Please do not contact Sail-World.com as we cannot give permission for use of other photographer’s images.

Only if the photographer named on the image is Sail-world.com, Powerboat-world.com, Marinebusiness-world.com or NZBoating-World.com.
Contact us .
Ph: +61 2 8006 1873 or complete our feedback form    Contact us .
   View our Privacy Policy.    [Go Home]     [  Banner Advertising Specification]    [Bot Archive ]

Customised news feeds -Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have their own customised version of our news feed on their website.
Look_here_to_see_examples

X6XL WAS CRU NH