Gabart on record-setting pace
Published on November 6th, 2017
(November 6, 2017; Day 3, 21:00 FR) – François Gabart is descending south through the north Atlantic at record-breaking pace in his quest to improve on the single-handed round the world time set by Thomas Coville of 49:03:04:28. The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran is 208.5nm ahead of the record after covering 648.8nm in the past 24 hours.
Only three sailors to date (Francis Joyon, Ellen MacArthur, Thomas Coville) have ever held the record. After his start on November 4, to beat the record of 49 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds held by Coville since December 25, 2016, Gabart will need to cross the finishing line (between Créac’h lighthouse, in Ouessant (Ushant), and the Lizard Point lighthouse in Cornwall, England) before 13.09 on December 23 (French time, UTC+1).