Hard earned miles for Gabart
Published on November 20th, 2017
(November 20, 2017; Day 17, 22:00 FR) – François Gabart finds himself in a meteorological upheaval in the Indian Ocean as he seeks to set a new singlehanded round the world time. Searching for a corridor that allows his course to return to an easterly direction so as to swiftly get past the Kerguelen Islands, now 300 nm down the layline, he is still 808.81 nm ahead of the record pace after covering just 340.9 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).