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    Posted: 21 Sep 06 at 9:28am

So the Qatar PR machine tells us that Tony Bullimore is to attempt to beat Ellen's RTW record.  Thing is, he's going to start & finish in Hobart so unless he sails up to Ushant and turns round he won't be doing the same course.  Apparently he'll use Flores Island (off Portugal?) as a turning mark.

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Well, its a round the world record, not a track record. If it does the distance it counts. Those are the rules...
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lets face it its about the only hope he's got of beating Ellen !
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Originally posted by JimC

Well, its a round the world record, not a track record. If it does the distance it counts. Those are the rules...

Are there some rules written which define the distance?  Why not just go round the Southen Ocean and make sure you zig-zag enough to cover the distance?  Just curious.

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Originally posted by MikeBz

Are there some rules written which define the distance? 

http://www.sailspeedrecords.com/rulesbook/courseoffshore1.ht ml

26. RECORD COURSES
General

Only fixed points of land, fixed navigational beacons or other charted objects fixed to the land or seabed can be used as reference points though they need not necessarily be sighted. Except in special cases, such as the 24-hour distance record or where the WSSR Commissioner has been unable to sight the vessel for reasons of visibility or safety, positions derived from radio or satellite navigation systems are unacceptable.

Start and finish lines shall be crossed within 4 nm of the observer. Where the exact start and/or finish is optional , there must be agreement in advance on its location with WSSRC. This is for reasons of practicality, logistics and seamanship, as well as course and distance requirements.

a. Around the World, eastbound and westbound

To sail around the World, a vessel must start from and return to the same point, must cross all meridians of longitude and must cross the Equator. It may cross some but not all meridians more than once (i.e. two roundings of Antarctica do not count). The shortest orthodromic track of the vessel must be at least 21,600 nautical miles in length calculated based on a 'perfect sphere'. In calculating this distance, it is to be assumed that the vessel will sail around Antarctica in latitude 63 degrees south. A vessel starting in the Southern Hemisphere has to round an island or other fixed point in the Northern Hemisphere but only once that will satisfy the minimum distance requirement.


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Thanks Jim!

I guess anyone seriously considering the record would optimise their route based on these rules.

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