An update on the attempt by Richard Branson and friends to break the transatlantic world record. Mike Sanderson and triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie are on standby in New York to begin an attempt at breaking the Transatlantic record for a monohull aboard the 100ft supermaxi yacht Virgin Money (formerly Speedboat).
With a potential weather window approaching, the crew hopes to set sail early tomorrow morning with Team Origin’s Team Director Mike Sanderson as skipper. Sanderson – who holds the current transatlantic record for a monohull of 6 days, 27 hours and 52 minutes – will lead the crew, which includes Sir Richard BRANSON’s children Holly and Sam.
Virgin Money’s record attempt will be Ben Ainslie’s first transatlantic voyage. Ainslie, Team Origin’s America’s Cup helmsman, will be on the wheel as the boat passes Ambrose Light, and the clock starts. The course will take them through treacherous winter conditions in the North Atlantic before finishing at Lizard Point, off the coast of Plymouth.
The Virgin Money team have been on standby since the record attempt was announced back in September.
The blog of the attempt can be found here http://uk.virginmoney.com/challenge/