Oman Air Majan set to take a day off round Britain record

Sidney Gavignet due off Lizard at 0800-1100 tomorrow

Monday August 23rd 2010, Author: Lucy Harwood, Location: United Kingdom

Skipper Sidney Gavignet onboard the A100 trimaran Oman Air Majan is currently in the final stages of his attempt to break the single handed Round Britain and Ireland record. Current forecasts predict Oman Air Majan to finish tomorrow (Tuesday) between 0800 – 1100 GMT off Lizard Point, Cornwall. The current record, set in 2006, by Thomas Coville (FRA) onboard his trimaran Sodebo stands at 6 days 6 hours 40 minutes and 31 seconds. If the record pace continues Oman Air Majan will break the record by over 24 hours.

The pace on board remains incredibly fast as Gavignet heads south along the west coast of Ireland. At 1630 GMT today Oman Air Majan was just 200 miles from the southern tip of Ireland and is currently looking on track to break the existing record with the finish line less than a day away.

Update from onboard:  “Last night was very, very long, one of the longest I have had so far. The conditions were incredibly variable and shifty, and as a result I had endless sail changes all night in order to keep us on track and not lose too much time. I felt exhausted this morning. Conditions were full on over the last 24 hours, we’ve had big waves, big winds and the temperature outside has dropped. But all is well onboard and we did a consistent 29 knots of boat speed for much of the night. I reefed the sail for a little bit this morning in order to get a small bit of rest, maybe only 30 minutes but it helps, a lot! I am so happy with Oman Air Majan, she sails beautifully and I have every confidence in her, many thanks again to the shore team you’ve done an perfect job!”


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