Trimaran smashes previous solo best

The non-stop Round Britain and Ireland record has been smashed by a 105-foot trimaran.

Oman Air Majan, sailed singlehandedly by Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, crossed the finishing line off Lizard Point at 0900 today to complete the circumnavigation in four days, 15 hours, nine minutes and 47 seconds.

Gavignet beat the previous solo record by more than a day and a half and also beat the existing crewed record, set by Steve Fossett onboard Playstation in 2002, by one hour and seven seconds.

Gavignet, who will next compete in the Route du Rhum, said: ‘I am incredibly happy, this record around the British Isles is the cherry on the cake for all the team at Oman Air Majan and Oman Sail.

‘I’ve learnt so much from the boat. We made some good sail choices and I feel really happy with the set-up onboard.

‘I still have a lot to improve, managing my sleep onboard making sure I eat enough to keep myself in the best possible shape for the challenge ahead.

‘The Route du Rhum is going to be a huge race for us and I need to raise the level of my performance again for this event. The record attempt was a massive challenge and I have enjoyed every minute of it.’

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