North Sails NEWS

May 16, 2017

Thornburg and crew reach Hawaii, finish Trans-pacific crossing in record time

© Rachel Fallon-Langdon

In the darkest hour of Tuesday morning, Lloyd Thornburg and his crew aboard Phaedo3 sailed past Diamond Head Lighthouse buoy at 4:32:18am local time. The team raced their maxi trimaran from Los Angeles to Hawaii to set a new record, shaving roughly an hour off the previous time. Yet to be ratified by the WSSRC, Phaedo3‘s new time-to-beat is 3 days, 16 hours, 52 minutes and 03 seconds. Upon reaching the dock, owner-driver Lloyd Thornburg 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 super human 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 sight seeing in Hawaii…”

Lloyd joined his crew of Brian Thompson, Fletcher Kennedy, Justin Slattery, Pete Cumming, Henry Bomby and David Swete for the record-setting crossing. The team hoisted North Sails 3Di RAW and 3Di FORCE sails built this year.