No slowing Gabart in Atlantic
Published on December 4th, 2017
(December 4, 2017; Day 31, 23:30 FR) – The weather outlook looks promising for François Gabart as he now ascends the Atlantic Ocean in his attempt to beat the single-handed round the world record. The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 703.8 nm in the past 24 hours along Argentina’s coastline and has increased his margin to 1231.85 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).