The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record.

Record: Hong Kong to London
Yacht: "Gitana 13"
Name:  Lionel Lemonchois FRA and a crew of 9.
Dates:  14th August to the 25th September 2008
Start time: 07; 55; 32 UTC on the 14th August 2008.
Finish time: 05; 22;; 06 on the 25th September 2008..
Elapsed time: 41 days 21 hours 26 minutes 34 seconds.
Distance: 12947 nm
Average speed: 12.88 kts

There have been no previous WSSR records set on this route, but we have used a time established by Philippe Monnet in 1989 of  67days 10 hours on a broadly similar voyage as a benchmark.

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council