Molloy sails aboard a record-breaker
FORMER Gladstone sailor Luke Molloy has grabbed a share in Volvo Ocean Race history as a member of the ABN AMRO 2 team.
Two yachts, including Molloy's Australian crew, have broken the monohull 24-hour world speed record in the opening leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Race leader ABN AMRO 1 from the Netherlands sailed 538 miles in 24 hours, while second-placed sister yacht ABN AMRO 2, with Australians Nick Bice and Molloy on board, covered 533 miles in 24 hours en route from Spain to South Africa.
The previous record was 530.19 miles set by rival yacht Movistar between Australia and Spain earlier this year. 'We are absolutely charging along now, on record pace,' said ABN AMRO 2's New Zealand navigator Simon Fisher on Day 16 of the race. 'Without a doubt this is definitely life at the ex-treme. The whole boat is shuddering and shaking as we crash through one wave to the next.'
Upon reaching Cape Town, teams will spend a month resting and repairing their yachts before sailing through the Southern Ocean to Melbourne where they are due to arrive on January 17, 2006.