In fact he wanted to break three records:
1 - Oldest sailor to circumnavigate non-stop (Saito was a non stop circumnavigation).
2 - He wanted to break the Dodge Morgan time of 150 days, 6 hours and 1 minute.
3 - He wanted to be the first sailor to do it without using fossil fuels for power or propulsion.
A true record chaser
But in fact I never understood of what record he was talking about regarding speed and why he wanted to do better than Dodge Morgan record since it is an old record with almost 30 years an that was beaten by a large margin only 4 years later. The actual record is almost half that time. An American record only?
Last year on a much smaller 40ft boat, the Chinese Guo Chuan had done it in 138 days that is of course very far away from the actual record of 78d 2h 16m in monohull and 57d 13h 34m 06s on multihull, both non stop solo circumnavigations.