iFLY15 to attempt world record Cowes to Dinard / St Malo

Wiebel and Baumann flying an iFLY15

Breaking News: Yo Wiebel and Tamara Baumann on a iFLY15 filing catamaran are attempting to break the world record Cowes to Dinard / Saint Malo in July 2021! They will be crossing the English Channel, which is 138 nm (255km) offshore. They will foil through one of the toughest bodies of water.

In the summer of 2019, Yo Wiebel and Tamara Baumann on a iFLY15 catamaran successfully crossed the English Channel via the same route. The official World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) route is the longest distance to cross the English Channel. This route is very challenging due to the sea state and the tidal currents.

Map of the course taken in 2019 from Cowes to Dinard / St Malo across the English Channel

The duo mastered the iFLY on the long journey without encountering any issues – they were flying in a stable way over choppy sea. This is proof of the iFLY’s seaworthiness, reliability and fun! 

After starting the long day at 2.45am at Stokes Bay Sailing Club, the iFLY team crossed the starting line at Royal Yacht Squadron at the Isla of Wight at 5.30am. They then crossed the English Channel to their destination of Saint Malo. During the journey, they passed by the Cherbourg Peninsula and two of the Channel Islands: Alderney and Jersey. 

During the crossing, Yo and Tamara made excellent speeds that were easily fast enough to break the existing world record of 19 hours 42 minutes. Unfortunately, a big lul on the last miles of the journey brought the progress to a grinding halt and prevented Wiebel and Baumann from setting a new record. They arrived in Saint Male safe and happy. Despite the late night arrival, this iFLY15 racing duo are still determined to beat the record. 

Tamara Baumann and Yo Wiebel celebrating after crossing the English Channel on an iFLY15 in an attempt to set a world speed record

Luckily for us, in July 2021, Yo Wiebel and Tamara Baumann will get their chance!

For anyone attempting the record, the process is done in a very professional way:

  • The official registration is done at World Sailing WSSRC. The solemn oath is taken by John Reed and is sealed black box aboard. There is someone to attest this at the departure
  • The experienced sailing team are:
    • Yo Wiebel – rounding Cape Horn on a beach catamaran with Frank Gammas 
    • Tamara Baumann – 49er sailor from Zurich, Switzerland
  • Professional weather and tide routing by Andreas Hanakamp is provided
  • There is a long stand-by phase for the best weather window
  • The crossing is scheduled for July. This will take advantage of long daylight hours and warm temperatures for sailing
  • There is support from Strokes Bay Sailing Club – the departure from England, and Saint Lunaire Sailing Club, the destination in France
  • Further, from RYA, Yacht magazine and sponsors 
  • There is a motorboat accompanying a big part of the journey for security as well as providing media (i.e. video and photos)
  • There is complete and modern security and communication equipment
  • Online tracking of the journey is done for spectators

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