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Team Argo smash Bermuda to Plymouth world speed record

Team Argo’s foiling MOD70 trimaran, Argo. (Photo Sharon Green)

Team Argo have smashed the Bermuda to Plymouth, England world speed record.

The Newport, Rhode Island-based team completed the 2,870 nautical mile journey on Wednesday in 4 days 19 hr 23 min 23 sec on board their foiling one-design MOD70 trimaran, Argo.

The previous mark of 5 days 11 hr 57 min 17 sec was set by Team Argo’s sister ship, Phaedo3, in May, 2016.

While there has been no official word from the team as of tonight, sponsors Apsu Nutrition took to social media to congratulate Argo’s helmsman and navigator Brian Thompson and his colleagues on their successful record attempt.

“Congratulations to apsunutrition athlete Brian Thompson and the team aboard Argo Racing who broke the Bermuda to Plymouth world speed record yesterday (Wednesday) with the blistering time of 4 days 19 hr 23 min 23 sec,” they wrote on Facebook.

Tom Clarke, the International Race Officer and Bermuda Sailing Association president, added: “Their target time was 4 days 18 hours and they crushed it in 4 days 19 hours and change.

“The weather system was perfect for their mission and they executed to plan. The conditions for the last 100 miles were sufficient to get them over the hump and close the deal.

“They are now in Cowes, Isle of Wight preparing for the Fastnet Race in July.”

Englishman Thompson, who already holds multiple world speed records, helped set the previous record as the co-skipper on board Phaedo3.

Thompson and fellow crew Chad Corning, Charlie Ogletree, Westy Barlow, Pete Cumming and Alister Richardson set sail for Plymouth from the official finish line of the Newport to Bermuda Race located directly off St David’s Lighthouse at 6.53pm last Friday.

The team capitalised on favourable downwind conditions most of the way sailing below the rhumb line on the edge of a weather front tracking across the Atlantic at speeds exceeding 31 knots.

And even though the winds diminished towards the end of their voyage, they still managed to reach their destination with plenty of time to spare.

Team Argo’s 70ft one-design multihull is owned by Jason Caroll and holds multiple records in her home port in Newport.

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Published June 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm (Updated June 10, 2021 at 11:06 pm)

Team Argo smash Bermuda to Plymouth world speed record

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