Last day in the Pacific for Gabart
Published on December 2nd, 2017
(December 2, 2017; Day 29, 20:00 FR) – François Gabart will be rounding Cape Horn tomorrow in his bid to set a new singlehanded round the world record. The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 815.8 nm in the past 24 hours and has increased his margin to 1182.1 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).