Solo Round The World Sailing Record Smashed
On 17 December 2017 French sailor François Gabart set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world passage. He finished his circuit of the globe in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds - beating the previous time by more than six days!!
The MACIF trimaran covered a distance of 27,859 miles, with an average speed over the voyage of 27.2 knots.
The 30 metre (98 feet) MACIF trimaran was custom-designed for the purpose, using the latest technology. Since setting off on 4 November he sailed non-stop, endeavouring to achieve maximum speeds night and day.
During the voyage Gabart powered up the MACIF trimaran to avoid being caught by strong winds at his back. In the process he travelled 851 miles in 24 hours, becoming the first solo sailor to cover over 800 miles in 24 hours. His average speed for this 24 hour period was 35.4 knots (65.5 kilometres per hour). This smashed his own 24 hour record of 784 miles, which was achieved in July 2016.
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