Gabart enters Pacific with growing lead
Published on November 25th, 2017
(November 25, 2017; Day 22, 1900 FR) – By crossing the latitude of Tasmania this afternoon, François Gabart has exited the Indian Ocean and entered the Pacific Ocean in his attempt to set a new singlehanded round the world record. The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran is 688.9 nm ahead of the record pace after covering 735.1 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).