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Oman Air Majan smashes round Britain and Ireland single handed record

Congratulations to French skipper Sidney Gavignet who at 09:03:55 GMT yesterday (24 August 2010) crossed the finish line off Lizard Point, Cornwall to smash the single handed Round Britain and Ireland record onboard A100 trimaran OMAN AIR MAJAN.  He sailed 1,787 miles in 4 days, 15 hours, 9 minutes and 47 seconds, smashing Thomas Coville’s existing record by a massive 1 day, 15 hours, 30 minutes and 44 seconds.

We kitted Gavignet out in Musto sailing gear and we’re proud to be supporting the record-breakers.

This incredible speed has also meant that Sidney has beaten the existing fully crewed record time set by Steve Fosset onboard Playstation, by 1 hour and 7 seconds, the existing fully crewed record stands at 4 days, 16 hours, 9 minutes and 54 seconds.

Sidney has tackled huge low pressure systems and seen OMAN AIR MAJAN through squalls of over 40 knots.  This is the first major test for the new boat and Sidney ahead of the single handed Route du Rhum race this coming November.

Sidney said at the end, ” I am incredibly happy, this record around British Isles is the cherry on the cake for all team at OMAN AIR MAJAN and Oman Sail.  I’ve learnt so much from the boat.  We made some good sail choices and I felt really happy with the setup 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. Huge congratulations to the whole team we’ve done it!”

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