At 09:03:55 GMT (13:03 local time Muscat) today (24/08/10) skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA) onboard OMAN AIR MAJAN crossed the finish line off Lizard Point, Cornwall to smash the single-handed Round Britain and Ireland record. The A100 trimaran broke the existing record held by Thomas Coville by a massive 1 day 15 hours 30 minutes and 44 seconds.
Skipper Frenchman Sidney Gavignet needed to maintain an average speed over 11.86 knots (22 kmph) in order to break the record. OMAN AIR MAJAN maintained an amazing average speed of 16.081 knots (30 kmph) for the 1,787 miles course (2,876 km).
This incredible average speed has also meant that Sidney has beaten the existing fully crewed record time set by Steve Fosset onboard Paystation, by 1 hour and 7 seconds, the existing fully crewed record stands at 4 days 16 hours 9 minutes 54 seconds.
The record has seen OMAN AIR MAJAN sail 1,787 miles (2,876 km) along one of the most challenging coastlines in the world. Sidney has tackled huge low pressure systems and seen OMAN AIR MAJAN through squalls of over 40 knots (74 kmph). This is the first major test for OMAN AIR MAJAN and Sidney ahead of the single handed Route du Rhum race this coming November.