Gabart on magic carpet ride to record
Published on December 6th, 2017
(December 6, 2017; Day 33, 23:00 FR) – In barely three days, François Gabart literally swallowed Argentina to find himself off the coast of Brazil in his attempt to beat the singlehanded round the world record. Thanks to a beautiful depression that propelled him from Cape Horn to the southern thirties, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 486.7 nm in the past 24 hours to further increase his margin to 1660.21 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).