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Round the world solo : François Gabart smashes the single-handed round the world record

dimanche 17 décembre 2017Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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François Gabart, who left Ouessant on 4 November 10:05 (UTC+1), crossed the finishing line of his solo round the world, located between Lizard Point and Ouessant, at 02:45 (French time, UTC+1) this 17 December. For his first attempt, the MACIF trimaran skipper establishes a new single-handed round the world record Record #sailingrecord of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, improving the time taken by Thomas Coville on 25 December 2016 (49 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds) by 6 days, 10 hours, 23 minutes and 53 seconds. His time is the second time outright in a round the world, crewed and single-handed combined. Only IDEC Sport (Francis Joyon) succeeded in achieving a better time in the Jules Verne Trophy (40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds). The MACIF trimaran will have covered a true distance of 27,859.7 miles, with a true average over this course of 27.2 knots.

During the round the world, François Gabart left a lasting impression on everyone by beating the reference times one by one on his way. The most significant ones were the distance sailed single-handed in 24 hours (851 miles between 13 and 14 November, against 784 miles, which was his own personal best), but also with crew and single-handed combined, on the Ouessant-Cape of Good Hope section (12 days, 20 hours and 10 minutes, the Pacific Ocean crossing (Tasmania to Cape Horn in 7 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes) and Cape Horn-equator (6 days, 22 hours and 15 minutes).

Questioned on Friday, François Gabart told us, when talking about the record Record #sailingrecord he was about beat, “I never dreamed of a time like this. On paper, with the weather and with what I am capable of doing with this boat, it was possible to beat the record Record #sailingrecord , but in the best scenarios only by one or two days. It’s quite extraordinary.”

The new holder of the round the world record is expected this morning in Brest Brest #brest . The MACIF trimaran will be moored at the Malbert quay.

(* subject to confirmation by the WSSRC)

>> The key news of the round the world record

  • Date of departure : Saturday 4 November, at 10:05 (French time, UTC+1)
  • Ouessant-Equator passage time : 05 d 20 h 45 min
  • Ouessant-Good Hope passage time : 11 d 20 h 10 min (new reference time outright) Ouessant-Cape Agulhas passage time : 11 d 22 h 20 min (new reference time outright) Ouessant-Cape Leeuwin passage time : 19 d 14 h 10 min (new reference time outright)
  • Ouessant-Cape Horn passage time : 29 d 03 h 15 min (new reference time outright) Ouessant-Equator return : 36 d 01 h and 30 min (new reference time outright)
  • Equator-Equator passage time : 30 d 04 h and 45 min (new single-handed record) Cape Horn-Equator passage time : 06 d 22 h and 15 min (new reference time outright)
  • 24-hour distance record : 851 miles (14/11/2017)

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