Kito de Pavant singlehanded record attempt Marseille - Carthage record on Groupe Bel

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  1. Corley
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    From Sailing Scuttlebutt

    Marseille-Carthage (Tunisia) Single-Handed

    Kito de Pavant, set off this Friday, 31 May, at 13:32:45 (French time UT+1) to take on the Mediterranean crossing yachting record single-handed, between Marseille and Carthage (Tunisia). The sailor crossed the starting line, located in the harbor of Marseille, on board the 60' monohull Groupe Bel (18.28 m). Under mainsail with 2 reefs and ORC, the boat set off like a shot with a 35 knot North-westerly on a sea that was already rough. Kito is expected tomorrow in the Bay of Tunis. Bel Group and its employees hope that Kito will beat his own record of 1 day and 21 hours for this single-handed crossing on a monohull, which he established in June 2009.

    With a direct course and of little distance, this Mediterranean record could seem simple at first sight, but few are the skippers to have taken it on and they take it very seriously. For one thing, when the Mistral sweeps across the Mediterranean it can be rough, making sailing conditions particularly testing. For another, you need to be careful of the frequent thunderstorms below Sardinia and the wind as you approach Tunisia, just as the maritime traffic becomes denser.

    Thanks to a West by Northwest and then West wind, he can envisage a crossing on one tack on the weather beam, i.e. without gybing; a maneuver that is always hazardous single-handed. The breeze should also be strong (30/35 knots) for the whole of the 458 mile course (850 km), which raise hopes of good average speeds to Carthage. The theoretical time given by the on-board computer is a little over a day at sea, which should enable Kito to beat his own record by 45 hours and maybe even rival the unbreakable monohull performance of Giovanni Agnelli and his 20-man crew.

    Records approved by World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC):

    Monohull single-handed June 2009, Groupe Bel, Kito de Pavant, 1d 21 hr 20 min 29 sec, speed 10.10 kt (30 km/h) should be 18.7 km/h

    Monohull with crew Sept. 1998, Stealth, Giovanni Agnelli, 1d 5 hr 2 min 6 sec, speed 15.77 kt (47 km/h) should be 29.2 km/h

    Multihull single-handed Sept. 2012, Sodebo, Thomas Coville, 1d 1 hr 36 min 36 sec, speed 17.62 kt (53 km/h) should be 32.6 km/h

    Multihull with crew May 2010, Banque Populaire V, Pascal Bidegorry, 14 hr 20 min 32 sec, speed 32 kt (60 km/h) this one was close actually 59.2 km/h
     
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  2. Corley
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    Kito de Pavant smashed his own singlehanded record for the route:

    http://www.voilesetvoiliers.com/pop...itaire-kito-s-offre-le-chrono-mono-de-la-med/

    This from Voiles et Voiliers:

    26 hours 43 minutes 30 seconds! Kito de Pavant smashed the record for crossing the Mediterranean between Marseilles and Carthage monohull, last weekend better than his previous time and above all, better than the crew of Giovanni Agnelli stood for 15 years! By bolting to an average of 17 knots, the IMOCA Open 60 Groupe Bel was not far from the performance of Thomas Coville on multi Sodebo, while the absolute record is held by the crew of Banque Populaire 32 knots average ... / M.B.

     
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