WILL THE RECORD FALL?

This performance by Francois Gabart is already remarkable in so many ways. If he completes it in record time; which looks likely; it may stand for awhile.

We should not overlook the important role that weather routing played in this event.

GABART CLOSES IN

WEALD II TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1975

THE TRANSATLANTIC RACE OF 1975 STARTED IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND FINISHING IN COWES IOW. WEALD WAS A SWAN 48 DESIGNED BY S&S. A BOAT IN MY OPINION THAT WAS FASTER THAN “CARINA” IN THAT ERA.

THIS WAS ONE OF 9 TRANSATLANTIC RACES I HAVE COMPETED IN. EACH WITH IT’S OWN SPECIAL MEMORIES. ADDITIONALLY AN EXCEPTIONAL PRIVILEGE TO COMMUNE WITH NATURE IN A WAY PERMITTED TO ONLY A FEW.

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 DAYS

IDEC completed the route around the world in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds; besting the previous record by 4 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 DAYS
THE RECORD

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

The changes in sailing had been on the horizon for a while. The turning point we can all point to was the last America’s Cup with foiling catamarans.In the Vendee Globe, the boats which have foils are clearly faster.

I believe I read that Joyon cut the jig down on Idec for this attempt; making it an easier boat to handle. Just look at the numbers he is putting up.

THOMAS COVILLE
FRANCIS JOYON