Great Circle, a Class 40 from Belgium, has set a new record from Marseille to Carthage, Tunisia of 35 hours, 36 minutes, and 13 seconds.
As planned – and despite having diagnosed instrument failure before leaving the quayside – the ride along the coast of Corsica overnight on Sunday was very quick and required a switch to ‘boiler’ mode. Under one reef mainsail and Solent, Great Circle, well on schedule on a regular basis, sent the spray flying, her wake smoking as she was propelled along by an steady, established wind of around 30 knots. Deprived of information from the nav station, the crew had to call upon their vast experience of offshore racing to optimise the routing of their Class40 without the possibility of measuring the strength and the angle of the wind. In line with the forecast, the situation got a bit tense to the South of Sardinia, offshore of Cagliari, with the wind dropping to around 15 knots for four hours.