Round the world upside down record attempt

On Tuesday January 4, Romain Pilliard and Alex Pella set off in doubles for the round the world upside down record with the aim of setting a new benchmark time in crew and multihulls.

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s all-time record to date has been 122 days of solo sailing in a monohull, so the sailor will keep his record no matter what.

On the other hand, to validate their reference time by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), Romain and Alex will have to be faster than Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.

Aerial shot of trimaran sailing.
The trimaran Use It Again! Pic – Jean-Marie Liot

Details from Christian Dumard, router and meteorologist: ”There are several categories to approve a record. Monohull / Multihull – solo / crew – less than 40 feet, less than 60 feet, all sizes. Note that a multihull record can only be validated if it is faster than the monohull record. VDH now holds the absolute record.

“If Romain and Alex succeed, they will have the absolute record in crew. But VDH will still have the absolute record in solo (Monos and multis combined) and the record in monohull (solo and crew). He put in a great performance and holds a great record that is not about to fall.

“The reference for Romain and Alex remains the time of VDH if they want to be the fastest crew in multihull. If they take more than 122 days, the record will not be homologated.”

For more information, see: https://www.useitagain.earth/?lang=en

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