In 2008 world-renowned adventurer Richard Branson tried to break the current transatlantic monohull sailing record of 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds on a Super-Maxi called Virgin Money. Branson and his highly experienced crew had to abandon the attempt when the boat started breaking apart in the middle of the ocean. We believe that SpeedDream will be able to beat what Branson calls “one of the greatest records of all time”, by three days by bridging the performance gap between monohulls and multihulls.
These days catamarans and trimarans completely dominate highly competitive record-setting attempts. In 2009 Pascal Bidegorry aboard trimaran Banque Populare set an incredible record for an eastbound transatlantic crossing – 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds! Now the time has come for a monohull to try beating multihulls at their own game.
We believe that with the right crew and weather conditions, SpeedDream will breeze across the Atlantic in record time reaching top speeds in excess of 50 knots. With sustained speeds averaging 40-45 knots, SpeedDream may even break the mythical 1,000-mile-a-day barrier, a number that has tantalized sailors for years.
Likewise, the challenge for the prestigious Jules Verne Trophy awarded for the fastest global circumnavigation, has been completely taken over by multihulls. In almost two decades no monohull has even tried to challenge their domination. After testing her performance in the series of transatlantic record runs, SpeedDream will set out to change all this. Other transoceanic speed records will follow. Transpacific crossings from Los Angeles to Honolulu and from San Francisco to Yokohama, as well as the sprint from Miami to New York City and record speed setting during the Newport Bermuda and Sydney Hobart races are in the SpeedDream cross-hairs.