What an amazing achievement! Ericsson 4 has broken ABN-Amro Two’s record of 562.96 nm set in the 2006-07 Volvo Ocean Race. Not just broken it but also cracked the 600 nm in a day mark. It sailed 602.66 nautical miles at an average speed of 25.11 knots! However, the record is yet to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
This achievement is all the more remarkable as Ericsson 4 is sailing one crewman down. Earlier in the race they had been forced to drop off trimmer/helmsman Tony Mutter in the Cape Verde Islands when his inflamed knee failed to respond to treatment.
The skipper and crew certainly knew how to take advantage of a strong cold front which brought winds of up to 40 knots. Here’s a video just after the record was broken.