Gabart continues to build on record pace
Published on December 7th, 2017
(December 7, 2017; Day 34, 22:00 FR) – François Gabart has arrived at an anticipated zone of high pressure off the coast of Brazil in his attempt to beat the singlehanded round the world record. While the lighter winds have slowed the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran, he has still covered 566.5 nm in the past 24 hours and increased his margin to 1724.91 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).