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Phaedo3 Crushes Yet Another Record

Phaedo3 competing in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

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Powered by winds that gusted up to 40 knots, Phaedo3, the MOD70 trimaran owned by Lloyd Thornburg and co-skippered by Brian Thompson, crushed yet another iconic sailing record on July 2.

The two — along with crewmembers Paul Allen of Santa Cruz, Miles Seddon, Fraser Brown, Fletcher Kennedy, Andrew Palfrey, David Swete and Henry Bomby  — completed the 50-mile J.P. Morgan Asset Management Race Around Isle of Wight (England) Race in 2 hours and 23 minutes. In so doing, they destroyed the old record set in 2013 by America’s Cup sailor Sir Ben Ainslie in an AC45 — and by a staggering 25 minutes.

Phaedo3 again beat her sistership Concise 10, this time by eight minutes. Mike Slade’s Farr 100 Leopard was the first monohull to finish, in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

“It was the best day of sailing ever,” said a jubilant Thornburg, who attended Art Design College in Pasadena, sailed a Soling out of Marina del Rey, and is a good friend of Latitude’s. Lloyd currently lives in several places, but if we’re not mistaken still keeps his Gunboat 66 catamaran Phaedo in Newport Beach.

Thornburg dedicated Phaedo3’s victory to the memory of British Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Andrew Simpson, who died when Artemis Racing’s AC72 came apart on San Francisco Bay.

This was the 85th running of the Round the Island Race, and it attracted 1,500 boats and 15,000 sailors. Among them was the fun-loving Prince Harry, who raced aboard Sir Keith Mills’ yacht, the 40-ft Invictus.

Prince Harry joined the crew of the Fast 40+ Invictus for the J.P. Morgan Round the Island Race, following a longstanding invitation from Sir Keith Mills.

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The strong winds resulted in a number of dismastings, rudder failures, and the sinking of the Dubois half-tonner Alchemist, which hit the Varvassi wreck off The Needles. There were no serious injuries or deaths.


Just for fun, here’s a list of the Phaedo3’s accomplishments since being re-launched by Thornburg in early 2015:

  • 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, 1st and set a new record time of 33 hours, 35 minutes.
  • 2015 Heineken Race Week Around St. Maarten (long course) record, 2 hours, 7 minutes.
  • Official Around St Maarten Island record, 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  • Voiles de St. Barth, 1st in Class and new long race record.
  • 2015 Guadeloupe to Antigua course record.
  • 2015 Around Antigua Record, 1 hour, 27 minutes.
  • 2015 Around Redonda record, 5 hours, 18 minutes.
  • 2015 Antigua to Newport record, 3 days, 6 hours.
  • Around Jamestown Island Record, 56 minutes.
  • Transatlantic Record, 7 days, 2 hours.
  • Fastnet Original Course record, 27 hours, 42 minutes.
  • Plymouth to La Rochelle record, 14 hours, 5 minutes.
  • Rolex Middle Sea Race, 1st place.
  • St. Barth New Year’s Eve Regatta, 1st place.
  • 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 new record, 31 hours, 59 minutes.
  • St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, 1st place.
  • Les Voiles de St. Barth, 2nd place.
  • 2016 Bermuda to Plymouth record, 5 days, 11 hours, 57 minutes.

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