Frenchman Francois Gabart Sets World Record By Sailing the Globe Solo in 42 Days
Around the world in 80 days? No, Frenchman Francois Gabart has become the fourth title-holder for a world record of sailing the globe solo. He achieved the feat in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. The sailor crossed the finish line between the island of Ushant off France’s northwest tip and Lizard Point in southwest England at 0145 GMT. With the attempt, Gabart beat the previous record set by compatriot Thomas Coville by six days and 10 hours. An observer from the World Sailing Speed Council announced the race time before it began. The boat’s black box and its GPS data will be checked before the final confirmation.
As per an AFP report, Gabart who is the father-of-two becomes the fourth world record title-holder for travelling the globe solo. The first record was set in 2004 and now travellers have reduced it by 30 days. The debut record holder was also a Frenchman who completed it in 72 days and 22 hours. Following which British female sailor Ellen MacArthur after a year took sailing and broke the record by completing the world tour in 72 days and 14 hours. Her record was broken only in 2016 when Coville completed the task in 49 days and three hours. It was predicted that the task would be difficult to complete, however, the record was broken.
Reportedly, in 2013, Gabart had won the seventh Vendee Globe round-the-world race in record time. He achieved the feat in just 78 days breaking the previous record of 84 days and three hours and nine minutes. The earlier record was set by another Frenchman, Michel Desjoyeaux when the race was held in 2009.