Today's number: 545
545.3 nautical miles is the distance covered by Fraçois Gabart in 24 hours - between Sunday and Monday (4PM rankings) - at an average speed of 21.1 knots. The MACIF skipper has therefore beaten the record Jean-Pierre Dick had set * on December 1 (502.53 miles in 24 hours). Earlier this month, the Virbac Paprec 3 skipper had also beaten his own record (516.9 miles) and so had Bernad Stamm (506.9 miles).
François Gabart has also become the fastest skipper since the start of this Vendée Globe with 10,763 miles covered in 30 days at an average speed of 14.9 knots, which is almost two knots faster than Michel Desjoyeaux throughout the entire 2008-2009 Vendée Globe!
* To become offical, records must be validated by the WSSRC (World Sailing Speed Record Council).