The six-man crew, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, and including Omani sailors Fahad Al Hasni, Yasser Al Rahbi and Sami Al Shukaili, key members of last year’s Round Britain and Ireland world record setting team, plus Spain’s Alex Pella and French multihull veteran Jean Baptiste Levailland, set a new Round Ireland, non-stop, crewed record in the MOD 70 Musandam-Oman Sail. The team crossed the finish line beneath the Kish Lighthouse off Dublin Bay just before 1000 UTC (May 6) having started their record attempt at 1704 UTC on Monday, May 4.
They needed to be back by 1500 to take the record but their breakneck speeds down the west coast of Ireland, at one stage reaching 38 knots, meant they were finished well before that, some three hours and 50 minutes faster than the record of 44 hours 42 minutes held by Steve Fossett set in September 1993 aboard his 60ft trimaran Lakota. The record will remain unofficial until World Record Sailing Speed Council ratification.
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