Gabart Stalled Behind Depression
Published on November 18th, 2017
(November 18, 2017; Day 15, 21:00 FR) – In his quest to break the current single-handed round the world time, Francois Gabart is stalled right behind the center of depression on the great cavalcade on the Indian ocean.
After having really slowed down and especially to have gone back towards the 42 ° South, François Gabart will be able to extend again the stride on the back of a depression coming from the channel of Mozambique and slipping towards New Zealand.
And if it is still too early to know if the trimaran MACIF will be able to reach the entrance of the Pacific on the back of this disturbance and its congeners, it is at least sure that it must be able to cross the longitude of Cape Leeuwin in middle next week.
The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran is 681.15 nm ahead of the record pace.
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