The World Sailing Speed Record Council confirmed today that Ericsson 4 were the holders of the new Monohull 24-hour record.
Ericsson 4 recorded 596.6 nautical miles in 24 hours between a start position at 290 49.21 S; 230 42.41 W at18:55 on Monday, October 28,2008 and a finish position at 310 53.14 S; 120 22.21W at 18:55 on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, while sailing the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Alicante in Spain to Cape Town in South Africa.
The previous record 562.96nm was held by ABN AMRO TWO, skippered by Sebastian Josse in the 2005/96 Volvo Ocean Race.
The Volvo Ocean Race Headquarters had originally calculated that Ericsson 4 had recorded 602.66nm in 24 hours at 18:54 on Wednesday 29th October. The World Sailing Speed Record Council received the time and position reports from the Volvo Ocean Race and have now ratified the the 24-hour Monohull World Record set by Ericsson 4 at 596.6 nm.
According to the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSRRC) rules the Race Organizer may take on the task of monitoring positions, alerting the WSSRC to possible records and supplying them with the necessary data, which has been the case in this instance.