Lloyd Thornburg and his crew on the MOD70 trimaran Phaedo³ narrowly beat the Transpacific World Speed Sailing Record from Los Angeles to Honolulu with a time of 3 days 16 hours, 52 minutes and 3 seconds in May 2017.
n the darkest hour of Tuesday morning, Lloyd Thornburg and his crew aboard Phaedo^3 swooped past Diamond Head Lighthouse buoy at 4:32:18am local time. Looking like they shaved just an hour off the previous record. The total elapsed time was 3 days 16 hours 52 minutes and 03 seconds*.
As Lloyd stepped onto the dock he said… ” An unbelievable trip! Can’t believe we actually broke the record! This was the most difficult sail of my life. Everything went our way and the team put out a superhuman effort in order to keep the boat moving at nearly 30 knots through the entire trip. We are all excited for a well-deserved rest and some sightseeing in Hawaii…”
The crew on board for the Transpacific World Speed Sailing Record were: Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson, Fletcher Kennedy, Justin Slattery, Pete Cumming, Henry Bomby, and David Swete.
“I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped make this record possible. The sacrifices TEAM PHAEDO has made over the years to make it look easy are far too many to enumerate here. Much of the success or failure to make this happen was decided over the past several years due to all the tremendously hard work all our primary crew, shore crew and suppliers have made. A special mention to the WSSRC, the tireless record keepers who have over the past few years sacrificed many nights sleep make sure these records are accurate to the second,” says Lloyd Thornburg.