Gabart improves on record pace
Published on November 30th, 2017
(November 30, 2017; Day 27, 21:30 FR) – François Gabart has straightened his course toward Cape Horn in his attempt to set a new singlehanded round the world record. Hoping to make the turn at the tip of South America on December 3, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 572.0 nm in the past 24 hours and has increased his margin to 715.00 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).