All good news for Francois Gabart
Published on December 9th, 2017
(December 9, 2017; Day 36, 20:00 FR) – François Gabart has one more day in the South Atlantic in his bid to break the singlehanded round the world record. The skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran continues to extend his record pace, clocking 659.5 nm in the past 24 hours and is now 1820.5 nm ahead of the record.
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).