Wednesday, 1 May 2013

New World Record Around the World Class 40 Time for Guo Chuan - Also the First Chinese Sailor to Circumnavigate the Globe

Guo Chuan, seen here with a prize from the Volvo Ocean Race: the fastest man around the planet in a Class 40. Image copyright Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race.

by John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council

The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record.
Record: Around the World Singlehanded. 40ft Division.
Yacht: Qing Dao. 40 ft Monohull.
Name:  Guo Chuan. CHN
Dates:. 18th November 2012 to the 4th April 2013.
Start time: 03; 57; 09 UTC on 18/11/12
Finish time: 23;59;06 UTC on the 04/04/13
Elapsed time: 137 days 20 hours 01 minutes 57 seconds

Guo Chuan aboard Green Dragon in the Volvo Ocean Race. Image copyright Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race.

Comments: Benchmark: Alain Maignan FRA. 2007. 185d 22h 52m 52s.
Additional information:  Mr Guo Chuan is the first Chinese sailor to have sailed single-handedly Around the World.