New solo 24hr record of 771 miles set by François Gabart in trimaran MACIF

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An incredible 771 miles has been covered in 24 hours by French sailor François Gabart in his 100ft trimaran MACIF

French solo sailor François Gabart has set a new record for the outright 24hr speed record in his 100ft trimaran MACIF.

His shore team announced today that, subject to official ratification, the new record stands at an incredible 771 miles. It was set by Gabart, the 33-year-old who won the 2012/3 Vendée Globe solo round the world race, during his second night on passage from New York to Brittany.

This beats by a sizeable margin the previous record of 718.5 miles in 24 hours set by fellow French solo sailor Thomas Coville in June in the 105ft trimaran Sobebo.

And his shore team says that the trimaran might even better today’s run as she is still powering along.

His VPLP-designed trimaran has been designed specifically for solo record-setting and MACIF recently won the single-handed Tranat bakerly race, once known as the OSTAR.

New solo 24hr record of 771 miles set by François Gabart in trimaran MACIF

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