Gabart on record pace to Cape Leeuwin
Published on November 23rd, 2017
(November 23, 2017; Day 20, 15:00 FR) – François Gabart is enjoying an easterly course as he approaches the longitude of the Cape Leeuwin in his bid to set a new singlehanded round the world record. The skipper of the 30m trimaran MACIF is 649.3 nm ahead of the record pace after covering 788.6 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).