French offshore racer François Gabart has set a new speed record for an around-the-world solo sailing voyage, returning to his starting point at Oessant, France in 42 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes. His time is fully six days faster than the previous record, which was set last year by Thomas Coville, and about 15 days faster than a previous record set in 2008.  

Along the way, Gabart set new records for the fastest solo crossing of the Pacific and for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours – about 740 nm, which equates to an average speed of nearly 31 knots. He said that his purpose-built trimaran, the Macif , hit 35 knots on occasion during the voyage.

Other offshore racers credited Gabard's timing and routing for the strong result, as weather played an enormous factor in his record-setting speed. "Exactly like Thomas Coville did last year, François blew the record for a generation. His strength is timing," said MACIF 2011 skipper Paul Meilhat. "François has always been in perfect timing, he has always made the smartest choices."

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French skipper, François Gabart, waves aboard his 100-foot trimaran as he celebrates his world record off Brest harbor, western France, on Sunday. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

There is a new world record for sailing solo around the world : 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. If verified, it is more than 6 days faster than the previous record, set a year earlier.

Gabart reacts after his world record, in the Brest harbor, western France, on Sunday. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

French offshore racer François Gabart has set a new speed record for an around-the-world solo sailing voyage, returning to his starting point at Oessant, France in 42 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes. His time is fully six days faster than the previous record, which was set last year by Thomas Coville, and about 15 days faster than a previous record set in 2008.  

Along the way, Gabart set new records for the fastest solo crossing of the Pacific and for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours – about 740 nm, which equates to an average speed of nearly 31 knots. He said that his purpose-built trimaran, the Macif , hit 35 knots on occasion during the voyage.

Other offshore racers credited Gabard's timing and routing for the strong result, as weather played an enormous factor in his record-setting speed. "Exactly like Thomas Coville did last year, François blew the record for a generation. His strength is timing," said MACIF 2011 skipper Paul Meilhat. "François has always been in perfect timing, he has always made the smartest choices."

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French offshore racer François Gabart has set a new speed record for an around-the-world solo sailing voyage, returning to his starting point at Oessant, France in 42 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes. His time is fully six days faster than the previous record, which was set last year by Thomas Coville, and about 15 days faster than a previous record set in 2008.  

Along the way, Gabart set new records for the fastest solo crossing of the Pacific and for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours – about 740 nm, which equates to an average speed of nearly 31 knots. He said that his purpose-built trimaran, the Macif , hit 35 knots on occasion during the voyage.

Other offshore racers credited Gabard's timing and routing for the strong result, as weather played an enormous factor in his record-setting speed. "Exactly like Thomas Coville did last year, François blew the record for a generation. His strength is timing," said MACIF 2011 skipper Paul Meilhat. "François has always been in perfect timing, he has always made the smartest choices."

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