Jules Verne Trophy. The Sodebo Ultim 3 is expected to cross the equator.

Jules Verne Trophy

The Sodebo Ultim 3 is expected to cross the equator today with a slight advantage over the record

Sodebo Ultim 3 had its slowest day on Sunday, since leaving Ouessant to try and beat the Jules Verne Trophy.

During the Sunday through Monday night, Thomas Coville and his seven companions picked up speed. They should cross the equator on Monday after about 5 and a half days at sea and certainly a bit ahead of record holder Francis Joyon’s IDEC Sport scoreboard.

Finally, the expected southeast wind gradually returned and since midnight on Sunday, the Sodebo Ultim 3 has gained speed, more than 20 knots, which has allowed it to gradually recover the kilometers behind.

In 2016 IDEC Sport took 5 days 18 hours and 59 minutes to cross the equator.