Thomas Coville – Around the Word in 49 Days

French skipper Thomas Coville has set a new record in solo non-stop round the world sailing. He launched his attempt from the English Channel on November 6 sailing back to his starting point on Christmas day, December 25th, 2016.

Thomas broke the previous record of 57 days and 13 hours set by fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon. Coville’s around the world trek took just 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds making him the fastest sailor alive.

Thomas Coville - Around the Word in 49 Days
Thomas Coville – Around the Word in 49 Days

It was a very dangerous adventure because of the titanic size of his trimaran, named Sodebo Ultim. The ship is a 101-feet long by 69-feet wide and it has a 115-foot high mast carrying up to 2231 square feet of sail area. This ship is a beast! He faced enormous obstacles and difficulties on his journey.  

Coville was only able to sleep in 30-minute intervals because he was alone on the ship.  Winds up to 50 mph and waves up to 33 feet required his constant attention. Coville sailed more than 32311 miles in 49 days.


Of course money and privilege go a long way to fulfilling your dreams. However that should not stop you from trying. Many have circumnavigated the world in much cheaper and smaller sailboats.

Ships Captain The Dread Pirate Dave

David is the Editor in Chief of Postcards From the Edge. I was born on a cold November morning on the showy plains of Colorado. Like my father, before me, I am an American Nomad.

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