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Breaking the record: Monaco to Porto Cervo in 10 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds

What a season for our Esimit Sailing Team. 18 excellent sailors, 1 highly advanced yacht and 1 sailing world record attempt!  Regardless the wind conditions, either strong or light, it seems like nothing can stop the guys right now! Already before the start of the record attempt on Sunday, our navigator Juan Vila was doing a remarkable job in finding the best time to get out of the windless Port Hercule harbour. In order to find the best conditions, the Esimit Sailing Team rescheduled their planned start from Sunday at noon, to Sunday early in the morning!

The team had a pretty early start, meeting at the boat at 2.30 AM and docking out at 3 AM. At 04:56:36 AM they were crossing the starting line between a staff displaying a red flag on the breakwater outside Monaco – Port Hercule harbour. Sailing with an average of nearly 20 knots Esimit Europa 2 constantly gained speed. Our crew crossed the finishing line in front of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s Observatory with more than 25 knots of Mistral on the clear sunny Sunday, 26th of August at 15:10:18 PM CEST. By that, they broke the existing record, set in 2003 by the Nariida Yacht by incredible 5 hours, 11 minutes and 17 seconds. That’s yet another record that is going to be really hard to beat!

Esimit Europa 2 skipper Jochen Schümann about the race: “Setting new world sailing records is always about the state of the art of boat technology, teamwork and appropriate weather conditions, which were on this occasion very well forecasted by our navigator Juan Vila. I am glad that we have found just a perfect combination of those by pushing ourselves really hard, not just to beat the existing record but also to set high standards for the upcoming challengers. During the race, we kept a constant rhythm and finished more than five hours ahead of the old record. It was clearly a superb performance and I am very proud of the crew members.”

Many compliments to our crew members for doing a remarkable job in setting a new world sailing record from Monaco to Porto Cervo.

About the record:

The Monaco – Porto Cervo record attempt is approved by the International Sailing Federation, under the World Sailing Speed Record Council Rule 21 (c) in a Powered Sailing System category. The previous record was set on 6th October 2003 by the Nariida sailing yacht. For setting the world sailing record, the Esimit Sailing Team will receive a trophy during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup prize giving ceremony on Saturday, 8th September 2012.

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