Slipping Behind Record Pace
Published on November 10th, 2017
(November 10, 2017; Day 7, 21:00 FR) – It took a little less than six days for François Gabart to cross the equator since his departure from Ouessant. And even if the trimaran MACIF concedes a few hours compared to the reference time established by Thomas Coville, the meteorological configuration of the southern hemisphere appears very favorable for the continuation of this solo world tour.
The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran is 77.59nm behind the record pace after covering 548 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).