On Sunday, December 17 at 2:45 (French time), Francois Gabart, onboard the Ultime Trimaran MACIF, crossed the the finish line between Cape Lizard and Ouessant to successfully end his solo world tour. On his first attempt, at the around-the-world record, Gabart smashed the standing time of 49 days, previously set by Thomas Coville, the skipper of the Sodebo Ultim. MACIF sped through the nearly 28,000 nautical mile journey in just 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds. He cut more than six days off the record, establishing new benchmarks at nearly every reference point in his path. Gabart's time is the second fastest overall circumnavigation, second only to that of IDEC Sport, skippered by Francis Joyon, who completed a fully crewed circumnavigation in January for the Jules Verne Trophy, clocking in at 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes.