Congratulations to Francois Gabart who just set a new record for sailing around the world single-handed. The 34-year old Gabart sailed his 30 meter (98 foot) long MACIF maxi-trimaran around the globe alone in a remarkable 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, breaking the previous record set by Thomas Coville last year by six days and 10 hours. Over the 27,860-mile journey, Gabart achieved an amazing average speed of 27.2 knots.
Francois Gabart is not new to setting records. In November, we posted about Gabart setting a new solo 24-hour speed record of 851 miles sailed in 24 hours. In 2013, Gabar won the Vendée Globe round-the-world single-handed race in 78 days and two hours, shattering the previous record of 84 days and three hours.