François Gabart: French sailor slashes around the world solo record – via BBC


A French sailor has set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation, beating the previous time by more than six days.

François Gabart finished his circuit of the globe early on Sunday, in a time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

He completed the journey non-stop, confined to his trimaran sailing yacht since 4 November.

Gabart broke the record set by his countryman Thomas Coville last year.

The record was held at one stage by British national Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Gabart’s new record has yet to be verified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, which will check the ship’s GPS data before confirming the result. Read more…


Interview: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston talks sailing non-stop around the world

Sir-Robin-KnoxSir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world in 1969. Since then he’s sailed round the world three more times, becoming the oldest person to do it solo in 2006 (aged 67). He’s also founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which is the world’s longest ocean adventure, uniquely for non-professional sailors. Read more…