Huge crowds gathered at the French port of Brest on Sunday to welcome the record-breaking sailor Francois Gabart burned flares and popped a bottle of champagne on arrival to the port.The 34-year-old sailor said he did not expect to beat the previous record by such a large margin.
I wasn’t expecting that honestly, I was hoping to break the record by a slim margin but I could never have imagined to beat it by so much.
Gabart said some of his victory is due to sheer luck such as the date he set out and the favourable condition at crucial points at sea.But his teammates affectionately called him excel spreadsheet because of his careful planning.They believed that his precise calculations helped him slash the around the world record by six days and ten hours.The previous record was set by another Frenchman Thomas Coville who says modern technology helps make sailing faster.
Sailing is almost becoming a societal marker of technology that helps us to go further, faster.Sailing around the planet alone even ten years ago it wasn’t even in the realm of imaginable and today we’re thinking well, we’re gonna go down in 40 days.
Non-stop solo sailing around the globe has seen huge leaps in the past decade.In 2004, French sailor Francis Joyon completed the circumnavigation in less than 73 days.The following year, British female sailor Ellen MacArthur cut the time by a day and a half.Last year Coville set a new record of 49 days and three hours.Gabart completed his navigation Sunday after sailing non-stop for 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds on his first attempt.
Zlatica Hoke, VOA News, Washington.