Transatlantic Record Run: Feast your eyes on Mari-Cha IV, the fastest monohull sailboat in the world. Just launched in August, she is 140 feet long and in theory capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots. In other words, she is a beast (a multimillion dollar beast). Her sole purpose is to break sailing records and right now she is tearing up the North Atlantic, attempting to break the west-east crossing record from New York to the English Channel. The current reference time is 8 days, 20 hours, 55 minutes and 35 seconds, an average speed of 13.7 knots. Mari-Cha IV is hoping to become the first monohull to do the crossing in under 8 days, and while she is at it become the first monohull to sail more than 500 miles in 24 hours. Just over 24 hours into her run she is averaging 19.32 knots, so is well on pace. The boat has all the muscle it needs to take this title. The only question is: will it hold together? New boats–particularly new boats that push the envelope, like this one–have a tendency to break. I’ll keep you posted or follow the attempt on Mari-Cha’s website.

copyright Thierry Martinez

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