`Illbruck' sets 24-hour world records


May 01, 2002|By Candus Thomson

Two days after it left Annapolis on Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, illbruck Challenge set 24-hour world speed records for a monohull boat - twice.

The German entry, the overall points leader in the global race, covered 473 miles in the North Atlantic, averaging 19.7 knots (22.7 mph). The Gulf Stream provided a 5-knot boost in speed. Then, in the 24-hour period that ended four hours later, illbruck logged 484 miles, averaging 20.2 knots (23.2 mph).

The distances, logged by satellite, must be ratified by the International Sailing Federation.

Illbruck broke the record of 467 miles and 19.49 knots set last year by Bernard Stamm. The 24-hour record for any boat is 687.17 miles, set by Steve Fossett's 125-foot catamaran last October.

The eight Volvo yachts are expected to slow as they leave the Gulf Stream. They have to skirt "iceberg alley" before sailing for LaRochelle, France, where they are due to arrive about May 11.

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