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#31 muzled

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:30 PM

Anyway....

 

He's around the horn now and just a quick blat north home.

 

Surely looks like like he'll take at least a few days off the record.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:16 PM

There's some good videos of him on YouTube. One of him I presume leaving France in some good wind with reefed sails
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Posted 15 December 2017 - 07:11 AM

So just over 1100 miles until he's home.  

 

Should knock about a week off the previous record.

 

Amazing.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:50 AM

Amazing doesn't do it justice 😲
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Posted 15 December 2017 - 07:22 PM

Amazing doesn't do it justice


I agree totally.

But I have a question, how much actual sailing would this madman be doing? I mean what inputs would be required?

It looks expensive and I would imagine it would have double auto pilots with back ups and electric everything, it probably makes his coffee in the morning.

A weather man on shore probably sends the auto pilot the co ordinates and the sheets adjust to suit, the furler winds in some sail and the main slides down a bit as it chases down another low system...

I haven’t raced anything around anything, but I would think with enough money this could be done or is being done right now???
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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:29 PM

Amazing...
As to sailing ?
Where do you draw the line when solo ??
You just have to have auto pilot(s) ..
In the scheme of modern sailing and methods I think they have done an excellent job.
What is also very exciting is that I think there is still quite a lot of scope for more speed yet.
This is like aircraft going from propeller to jet. : )
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Posted 16 December 2017 - 04:40 AM

Well, so long as nothing goes drastically wrong, he looks like he'll shave almost 8 days off the record... that's some 18-20% better..

 

He should finish in the next day and a half, meaning a time of 42 days or so? maybe just into 43?


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 05:42 AM

The French have a great tradition of long distance sailing . . 

 

Congrats !! 

 

I would be scared to death of hitting something hard at those speeds . .


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 10:25 AM

Francois is a special sailor. As I see it autopilots steer enabling him to sail the boat, keep up with repairs and routine checks of all equipment. In some of his recent blogs he makes it clear what physical and mental toll it takes to keep that machine at optimum speed. He thought he was doing really well getting more than 4 hours sleep in 24. Sorry I don't remember what site that was on.
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Posted 17 December 2017 - 04:09 PM

Done and dusted.  Wonder what you do next when you've just knocked that sort of challenge off.  Go around the wrong way?

 

François Gabart breaks the record around the world alone!
Starting Saturday, November 4 at 10:05 am from Ushant, François Gabart cut this Sunday, December 17 at 2:45 (French time) the finish line of his solo world tour, located between Cape Lizard and Ouessant. For his first attempt, the skipper of the trimaran MACIF sets a new record of the solo round the world in 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds, it improves from 6 days 10 hours 23 minutes and 53 seconds the time put on December 25, 2016 by Thomas Coville (49 days 3 hours 4 minutes 28 seconds). His time is the second absolute, crew and solitary combined, around the world, only IDEC Sport (Francis Joyon) having done better on January 26, 2017 on the Jules Verne Trophy (40 days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds). The MACIF trimaran will have traveled 27,859.7 miles

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