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Lending Club Sailing Breaks Speed Sailing World Record

Big congratulations are in order for Lending Club Sailing, skippered by Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche and co-skipper Ryan Breymaier, who broke the world record for speed sailing across the English Channel this week.

The 105-foot trimaran "Lending Club 2" managed the feat in 5 hours and 15 minutes with an average speed of 26.36 knots. Impressive! The crew travelled from the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes on Isle of Wight, England, to Dinard France to set the record.

As the group's technical lighting and safety partner, Underwater Kinetics also had a number of our lights and knives aboard the record breaking trip, including the Vizion Z3 and Vizion I safety headlamps, 3AA eLED and SL3 waterproof flashlights and Remora knives. Great job, guys!

The previous record of 5 hours, 23 minutes was established by skipper Brian Thompson, navigator Adrienne Cahalan and the crew of “Maiden II,” a 110- foot catamaran, in September 2002 at an average speed of 25.6 knots.

“After our attempt at breaking the Transpacific record in 2013, we had been working on assembling the right boat, crew and weather conditions to make another record attempt,” said Laplanche. “The Cowes to Dinard record is a very special challenge that had been around for over 10 years; I am very proud of what the crew accomplished today.” “We always knew the Cowes to Dinard record would be very tough to break as Maiden set the bar high."

"We’re overjoyed with our result today; it’s a great start to our record-breaking plans for the year."

Check out some of the awesome images from their journey below and see more on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/lendingclubsailing

Images below by Quin Bisset and Lloyd Images.