Yesterday I had the pleasure to listen to Dick Carter talk about the past. Some of which I was present for; in particular the 1969 Admiral’s Cup, in which Red Rooster was the overall winner of the Fastnet Race which secured a team win for the United States.
On may 8 2018 two of the boats finished overlapped after 5700 miles. With a foul tide and no wind and fog the positions changed in the final miles.
UNTIL NOW FRANCOIS GABART HAS NOT MISSED A SHIFT. THE RECORD NON-STOP SINGLE-HANDED AROUND THE WORLD IS CLOSE TO BEING RE-SET.
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.
AN UPDATE ON FRANCOIS GABART AND “MACIF” 2 DAYS AHEAD OF THE RECORD FOR SINGLEHANDED AROUND THE WORLD.
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.
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.
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.