Breaking [all the] Records

Please welcome guest blogger, Bill Swizzle from Swizzle Sports Media, as well as contributor to Forbes Life Magazine. Mr. Swizzle has done some sailing on the mighty Phaedo3. and has written a great report about this boat on a mission. Read his story below and check out his blog, too!

From Billy Swizzle:

I’ve spent a bunch of time with Owner/driver Lloyd Thornburg and his merry band of speed freaks so I could see what it’s like to sail crazy fast and break records aboard his MOD 70 trimaran Phaedo³ and his highly modified Gunboat 66 Phaedo for a bunch of magazine stories that will be coming out in the coming months. And while I can’t tell you too much about Thornburg and his team and his plans and his amazing boats yet, it’s just not right to keep some of this amazing onboard video that was shot by Phaedo³ navigator Miles Seddon during their most recent World Record setting run from Cowes, England to Dinard, France (and sent to me by team Phaedo) to myself. This is what 35-knots of three-hulls-out-of-the-water boatspeed looks and sounds like.

And just incase you’ve been away from social media for like…ever…Lloyd, Miles, co-skipper Brain Thompson and the rest of boys on Phaedo³ set three new world sailing speed records in the last 7 days for cripes sake.

First they smashed the iconic Fastnet Race course record by over 4 hours.

Then they simply had a quick bite of pizza and immediately took off under the moonlight and bagged the Plymouth to La Rochelle record.

And as if that wasn’t enough, their record run from Cowes to Dinard was simply out of this world. Aren’t these photos shot by lovely and talented Rachel Jaspersen and talented and not-so-lovely Richard Langdon simply #thebombdotcom?

These guys are surfing some serious some record-breaking mojo and as you can see in this vid…they’re having a ball.

More from Swizzle to come in near future. And most likely from Phaedo3, too! Thanks to Swizz himself for the super commentary!

Here Comes the Volvo Race! Newport Stopover Starts May 5.


If you haven’t heard about the Volvo Ocean Race coming to Newport in a few short weeks then lift up your rock and rise up! If you’re a local boater We really hope you will get yourself and your boats and friends to Newport and represent! We stand for those who support extreme stuff like racing sailboats around the world, we support our local pals on Team Alvimedica and the entire Newport Stopover experience. It is important that Newport put on a good – NO, GREAT! – show for this event and much of that hinges on the crowds and the level of enthusiasm out there.

So here is a little roundup of some events going on in Newport at Fort Adams, home base for the 2-week sailing extravaganza. With concerts and kids activities, champagne tents, a section of a Volvo Ocean 65 boat to check out, all the boats docked, a rock wall and zip line, a bubble soccer tournament(?), mad concessions and more… there isn’t a reason NOT to check out this once-in-a-lifetime event many times while it’s open.

BE A VOLUNTEER (there is still time!):

GET YOUR ORANGE ON: Support Local RI based Team Alvimedica with a rally flag

GET TEXT ALERTS to Meet the boats as they arrive: This is SO AWESOME – day or middle of the night. Thousands of BOATS came to greet the boats at most of the other arrivals so we have to get ourselves and our boats and all our friends with boats out there. It is important to the success of Newport’s stopover that the water is crowded with spectators!

SEE A CONCERT: The Heineken Reggae Concert is May 9 for all ages.

HOP ON A SPECTATOR BOAT: and check out an arrival, the In Port Race on May 16 or the RESTART on May 17.





And if you love boatbuilding, then be sure to visit the BOATYARD TENT where all the boat work gets done for all the teams! So cool!

And a video (OF COURSE) to psych you up!!  See you at the Race Village!