Thomas Coville has returned to Brest, 59 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds after he left it to sail around the world. That time was too long to break the solo-circumnavigation record, but he still set some impressive speed records.
Though he was unable to outdo Francis Joyon’s performance in terms of speed, during his circumnavigation of the globe, Thomas Coville beat his own 24 hour distance record on 7 December 2008: 628.5 miles (1,164 km) devoured at 26.2 knots (48.5 km/hr)!
Last year Francis sailed 26,400 miles at an average speed of 19.11 knots. Thomas Coville’s course was certainly longer (28,125 miles) but it was also faster (19.60 knots) .