We’re not 100% sure what the final number will be, but Francois Gabart has just smashed his own 24-hour solo sailing world record, reeling off an incredible 851 nautical miles in 24 hours. Just over a year ago, Gabart had upped the mark to 771, and has now added almost another 50 miles onto that. Keep in mind that this is Francois’ first-ever Southern Ocean low that he has navigated onboard MACIF. Barring mechanical breakdowns, he’s almost surely to get a faster piece of race track to experiment with, further on down the road.
Gabart is currently making trees on the record, sitting on the front edge of a low-pressure that is hurtling him across the Southern Atlantic Ocean at 35-37 knots. Any quicker and crewed boat records may be under threat… In the blink of an eye, he went from 200 down to nearly 500 miles up on Coville’s reference time. Current routings show Gabart may be two days ahead of the record when reaching the Cape of Good Hope. Tracker.
Title butchery thanks to The Ramones.