Solo sailor Bruce Arms, in his 14 metre catamaran Big Wave Rider, crossed the finish line at Mooloolaba on the 18th August 2011 at 9:41:06 am AEST setting a new round Australia record.
Bruce, renowned sailor and two-time winner of the Solo Trans-Tasman yacht race, completed his solo, non-stop, and un-assisted sail around Australia in 38 days 21 hours 40 minutes and 42 seconds. This made Bruce the fastest solo sailor around Australia and the first to do so in a Multihull (Catamaran).
Bruce broke the existing Performance Certificate held by Ian Thomson in SOS Ocean Racing of 42 days 5 hours 33 minutes and 55 seconds, by 3 days 7 hours 53 minutes and 13 seconds.
The new time is subject to official ratification by World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).
The GPS datalogger (Black Box) which recorded every 300 metres travelled, stored the time in UTC, the position, course over the ground (COG) and speed over the ground (SOG) during the circumnavigation along with the signed WSSRC declaration have been returned by the Commissioner-of-Record to England for the ratification process. This is expected within the next few weeks.
Media Interviews are available on request.
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