About Team Phaedo³ owner Lloyd Thornburg may have grown up far away from the ocean at the end of a dirt road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. But ever since he had a taste of real sailing speed on his first Phaedo, a bright orange Gunboat 66 catamaran he commissioned back in 2010, and then an adrenaline-pumping dose of speed aboard his multiple record-breaking MOD70 trimaran Phaedo³ , he and his crew of fellow speed freaks (including his legendary record-breaking co-skipper Brian Thompson) are more at home chasing long distance speed records on Phaedo³ than anything else. And Thornburg’s Phaedo³ has literally been breaking records since it exploded on to the Caribbean racing scene back in early 2015. Starting with the Caribbean 600, their very first regatta, Thornburg and company broke the course record when it was his only third time sailing the boat. “This is the scariest thing I’ve done,” says Thornburg. “I fly, skydive and drive fast cars, but all those other things are scary for a minute or a few minutes at a time. This boat shows you what you’re capable of after being miserable, and tired, and soaked in fear for 30 hours.” Phaedo³ then immediately set a new Antigua to Newport record (3 days 5 hours 54 minutes 49 seconds) in preparation of competing in the 2015 NYYC Transatlantic Race. Unfortunately, a two day lull in the wind put the race record just out of reach that year, but they did finish with the fastest elapsed time before Thornburg and crew headed back west to race from LA to Hawaii in the 2015 Transpac aboard his original (but much improved) Phaedo catamaran. But the truth was they couldn’t wait to get back to MOD70 (and the stiff competition) waiting for them in Cowes, England. And they really started reeling off the records as soon as they returned. First, they bagged the iconic Fastnet Original Course record. Then they continued on to break the Plymouth to Plymouth to La Rochelle and the Cowes to Dinard records in the same week! And the records have continued to fall since that magical week last Fall. After winning another great duel with the other MOD70 Concise 10 in the RORC Transatlantic Race, and spending the winter in the Caribbean, the crew of Phaedo3 then went on to break the Bermuda to Plymouth (UK) record by over a week, placed second (by mere seconds) after a nail-biting finish in the Volvo Around Ireland Yacht Race, finished first in the Artemis Challenge and RORC Ushant Race, and then smashed the record for sailing Around the Isle of Wight that had been previously held by Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover/BAR America’s Cup team. “The possibility of waking up upside down in the dark, freezing-cold water plays your mind. The constant noise and exposure wear you down. But that’s the beauty of it,” says Thornburg. “It’s like a mental detox that breaks life down to its simplest and most beautiful elements. Pushing these boats to their limits offshore might be as close as anyone can get to what it feels like to be in space. You can’t get farther away from civilization. It’s a harsh environment, and the speed is like nothing else on Earth.” They have since re-broken their Around the Isle of Wight record two more times…and Thornburg and company have much bigger plans for this season. Stay tuned.