Illbruck record ratified

The 24 hour monohull record was broken by Kostecki's team on the last leg, but what about the effect of the Gulf Stream?

Wednesday May 15th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has today ratified the world record for the greatest distance sailed in 24 hours by a monohull set by illbruck Challenge during Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The illbruck race crew will receive the EDS 24-Hour Monohull World Speed Record Trophy for their 24-hour run of 484 nautical miles achieved April 29-30.
The trophy and prize money will be presented to the crew at a reception hosted by EDS at the Yacht Club de France in Paris next month.

The 12-member race crew will receive certificates from the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) acknowledging their achievement.

The measurement for the record is made between two GPS positions over any 24-hour period. The 24-hour monohull world record was previously held by
Bernard Stamm on the Open 60 Armor Lux with 467.70 nautical miles. The illbruck monohull world record also sets a new VO 60 class record, previously held by Team SEB.

illbruck skipper John Kostecki said the team feels proud of this accomplishment. "We did not try to break the record -- it just happened. Our goal was to earn a podium finish on leg 7, so we were fully focused on the goal at hand and not breaking records. We broke the record by pushing the boat hard in favorable conditions. Our crew did a great job of sailing the boat fast and not making any mistakes. We managed to play the Gulf Stream well, slightly better than our competitors, which added to our overall boat speed. Basically we are very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, sailing fast in favorable conditions and the extra Gulf Stream push which made the world record possible."

That the record was set in the Gulf Stream giving illbruck an extra 3-4 knots boost has caused some controversy as many, including some other teams in the Volvo fleet, feel that this makes a mockery of the record. Officially the 24 hour record does not take into account the affect of tide.

The crew on board at the time were Stu Bannatyne, Watch Captain; Stu 'Waffler' Bettany, bow; Mark 'Crusty' Christensen, Watch Captain; Richard Clarke, trimmer/helmsman; Ray 'Hooray' Davies, trimmer/helmsman; Dirk 'Cheese' de Ridder, trimmer; Noel 'Nitro' Drennan, trimmer/helmsman; Jamie Gale, mast; Ross 'Rosco' Halcrow, trimmer and Sail Program Manager; Tony Kolb, bow; John Kostecki, skipper; and Juan Vila, navigator.

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