Skipper Lloyd Thornburg and his crew believe they've broken the trans-Atlantic speed record between Bermuda and Plymouth. It still has to ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson, Simon Fisher, Pete Cumming, Sam Goodchild and Paul Allen made the crossing in Phaedo3 in just 5 days 11 hours 57 minutes and 17 seconds.

Phaedo3 docks in Plymouth

Phaedo3 safely arrives in Plymouth, having left Bermuda 5 days 11 hours 57 minutes and 17 seconds earlier. Credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon


The previous trans-Atlantic, Bermuda to Plymouth world record was held by Newcastle dentist Ross Hobson and his crew who broke it onboard the 50ft trimaran, Mollymawk in August 2014.

They knocked nearly 14 hours off the previous record which was set by the French yachtsman Eric Tabarly in 14 days 20 hours in August 1974.

Thornburg’s crew started their 2,870 mile journey on board the MOD70 trimaran on 29 April, leaving Bermuda at 19:45:18 UTC. They arrived in Plymouth on 5 May at 07h 42m 35s UTC.

Lloyd Thornburg Phaedo3

Skipper Lloyd Thornburg celebrates after Phaedo3 smashes the Bermuda to Plymouth record. Credit: Rachel Fallon-Langdon


This is not the first record Phaedo3 has set.

The trimaran, which has speeds in excess of 40 knots, has previous set a new record from Antigua to Newport. It then beat the Fastnet course record, Plymouth to La Rochelle record and the Cowes to St Malo record. The latter was a particularly hard time to beat having been recently set by the much larger trimaran Lending Club. Phaedo 3 completed the 138 nautical mile course in 4 hours, 48 minutes and 57 seconds with an average speed of 28.66 knots.

Thornburg and his crew will now be preparing to take part in the Round Ireland Yacht Race in June. Phaedo3 is one of three MOD70 entries in June’s Irish offshore classic.