He will sail alongside Romain Pillard, aboard the 75-foot “Use It Again” trimaran.
The time to beat is 122 days.
The project commemorates the V Centenary of the first round the world, led by Magellan and completed by Elcano, carried out in this same sense
If Àlex Pella managed to reduce this time, he would become the first navigator in history to hold the two world records.
The first went to the east, and shows it in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, and the second; and to the west, he will try to churn from November 25, when the weather conditions are more conducive to setting sail.
Around the world to the west is complicated, since it is sailing against the prevailing winds that surround the planet and that blow mostly from west to east due to the effect of the Earth’s rotation.
“The decision to go out and try to break this record has not been easy for me or my family. I am aware of the difficulty of this new ocean challenge, but I have been with my head on this route for years. Trying to beat this fantastic record, on the same route that Magallanes and Elcano did 500 years later, with a circular economy and sustainability project for the planet, fits perfectly with my way of living ocean sailing ”, Àlex Pella points out.
On January 26, 2017, Pella broke the world sailing record aboard the sophisticated IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran. Alex, as part of a crew led by Francis Joyon, and which included Clément Surtel, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane, circumnavigated the planet in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.