Gabart increases lead over solo record
Published on November 15th, 2017
(November 15, 2017; Day 12, 22:30 FR) – François Gabart continues to extend his lead over the current single-handed round the world time. With just over 100 nm before crossing the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran is 701.29 nm ahead of the record pace after covering 676.2 nm 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).
Source: Macif team