618.01 nautical miles at a 25.75 knots (47.7 km/h) average…just broke the world sailing 24-hour distance record
This 70-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire just broke the world sailing speed record
That’ s a real human – nature – tecno show …. what else to be engaged in a challenge and to get the achievement
Between 0530 UTC Friday and 0530 Saturday, Comanche, with 20 crew aboard, covered 618.01 nautical miles at a 25.75 knots (47.7 km/h) average, beating the previous 596.6nm record set in 2009.
The boat was about 1300 miles from Newport, Rhode Island in the North Atlantic when a low pressure brought winds of around 25 knots on a reasonably flat sea to push the boat along at high speed.
As skipper Ken Read explained, Comanche was built with the ability to sail it using just human power, which allows it to qualify for record attempts. So Read set the boat to manual power configuration and nailed the record.