Gabart battles to maintain record pace
Published on November 22nd, 2017
(November 22, 2017; Day 19, 22:00 FR) – François Gabart remains ahead of the singlehanded round the world record pace as he navigates the weather patterns in the Southern Ocean. The skipper of the 30m trimaran MACIF is 680.3 nm ahead of the record pace after covering 799.4 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).