Nearly two months continues the journey around the world Englishman Alex Ellie. And while he’s in luck: almost half of the race behind!
Recall: Ellie kicked off the yacht Pixel Flyer (class 40) on 31 December and hopes to set a new world record circumnavigation and solo non-stop for yachts 40 feet or less.
In 2013 this achievement belongs to the Chinese Guo Chuan – 137 days, 20 hours, 1 minute and 57 seconds. (In 2016, the most famous yachtsman of China disappeared while trying to set the record for crossing the Pacific).
As we have already mentioned, in the record of Guo Chuan was launched from Qingdao in China (and, of course, there’s also finished). The distance, which he eventually overcame – 21 600 nautical miles – the minimum allowed for the recognition of the International Council of speed records under sail (World Sailing Speed Record Council). Ellie is a classic route (like those for example who are fighting for the Jules Verne Trophy) – with the start/finish line between the French island of wassan and English lizard point. In this case, the length of the distance is much greater – in the region of 27 000 nautical miles.
At the same time, we must note that the route chosen Guo Chuan, was much shorter, but it took a lot more time. Including the fact that a considerable part of the distance Chinese yachtsman to rely on favorable wind conditions are not accounted for – in particular, when passing the Islands of Indonesia.
But Ellie wind just favor – and for the entire trip (except that a month ago his progress for a few days stopped area of the anticyclone) . But in the southern ocean, issues with the wind at Pixel Flyer is certainly not. So, three days ago, the yacht 24 hours was 281 nautical mile is a great indicator! According to the forecast all the way to Australia (and Ellie has already left behind the Kerguelen island) the weather should be, in the words of Ellie close to ideal.
Follow the journey of a Briton, you can use the tracker on his personal website – http://alexalley.com. The squares along the route – it notes or photos that particular day racer or place his assistants.