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World record bid began in St George’s

New record: Phaedo3 launched their successful attempt from Bermuda (Photograph courtesy of Phaedo3)

Breaking records has become a habit for Lloyd Thornburg and crew of Phaedo3.

Just weeks after breaking his own multihull race record at the RORC Caribbean 600, the American skipper eclipsed the previous Bermuda to Plymouth record on board his 70-foot trimaran to add to his impressive haul of world speed records.

Thornburg and crew set sail from St George’s Harbour last Thursday, and completed the 2870 nautical mile journey on board the one-design MOD70 in a time of 5 days 11hr 57min 17sec to better the previous record of 14:06:12:50 set in 2004 by Ross Hobson and crew on the 43-foot trimaran Mollymawk.

They are now awaiting ratification of the new mark from the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

Thornburg was accompanied on his latest record attempt by sailing legend and co-skipper Brian Thompson.

Thompson is best known in the field of multihull sailing and offshore races and records. The Englishman’s achievements include 35 world records, one of which was when he was part of the crew on Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V, who hold the record for the fastest sailing yacht around the world.

Also accompanying Thornburg were professional crew Simon Fisher, Pete Cumming, Sam Goodchild and Paul Allen.

Phaedo3 has been on a roll over the past year, having achieved multiple world records.

Last year saw Thornburg’s lime-green and chrome multihull, capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots, win several races, including the Caribbean 600 and RORC Transatlantic.

Phaedo3, which was launched in 2010, also flew into the record books setting a new record from Antigua to Newport and then beating the Fastnet course record, Plymouth to La Rochelle record and the Cowes to St Malo record.

The latter record was a particularly hard time to beat having been recently set by the much larger trimaran Lending Club. Phaedo3 completed the 138 nautical mile course in 4:48:57, with an average speed of 28.66 knots.