French Sailor Sets Round-The-World Record

Published on 18 Dec 2017, 14:27
He spent 42 days alone at sea, but for Frenchman Francois Gabart it was a lightning dash as he became the fastest person to sail solo non-stop around the world. The 34-year-old left Ouessant, off the west coast of France, on November 4 and raced eastwards around the globe to finish in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. Gabart enjoyed favorable weather conditions throughout and crossed the finish line between Ouessant and Lizard Point off England's southwest coast at about 01:45 a.m Sunday. Long distance offshore sailing, both crewed and solo, has a long tradition in France.

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