The trimaran, skippered by Brian Thompson, smashed Sir Ben Ainslie’s previous record by some 22 minutes.
Owner Lloyd Thornburg has said:
“Today was incredible – one of the best sails we’ve ever had on the boat and the sun really shone on us.
“We’re over the moon, the team work on board was fantastic and it was just on the edge where we could keep the full main up, so the boat was totally powered up. Reaching and downwind it was right on the edge.”
Thomason has added:
“It was a beautiful day out there but not the perfect conditions for the fastest trip ever. Had we been able to reach the Needles without tacking we might have finished 10 minutes faster, but that would be a really special day.”
The largest monohull in the fleet, Mike Leopard’s 100ft Leopard, took monohull line honours, but failed to beat the record time he set in 2013 by 13 minutes.
Featured photo: Rachel Fallon-Langdon