The Volvo Ocean Race entry Team SEB has set a new record for the fastest 24-hour run in a monohull, having covered 460.4 miles for an average speed of 19.1 knots. Despite its record-breaking pace, the vessel lost out to the German yacht Illbruck in the overall race of Leg Two.
Illbruck Challenge pulled into Sydney shortly after midnight, local time, on Dec. 4, winning Leg Two from Cape Town, just a few hours ahead of Team SEB and Team News Corp. Upon crossing the finish line at Sydney Harbor, Illbruck's skipper, John Kostecki, had this to say: "I will never forget the coldness of the Southern Ocean."
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