(Source: Future Fibres)
On Tuesday morning. Skipper Sidney Gavignet completed the circumnavigation of the British Isles in record time – bringing the Future Fibres rigged 100’ Trimaran home an incredible 1 day and 15 hours under the previous single handed record. In fact, Sidney also beat the outright record set by Steve Fosset and crew on board Playstation by over 1 hour. The Clock stopped for Sydney at an amazing 4 days, 15 hours, 9 minutes and 47 seconds (subject to ratification by WSSRC).
Future Fibres has been involved with the A100 project from the outset, working with the Oman Sail’s chosen riggers, TT Rigging, to supply the most optimised rigging system, tailor made to suit this yacht and program. One of the guiding factors for this project is longevity as A100 has amassed an incredible amount of sea miles since its launch in 2009 and many further events are planned.
Team rigging manager, Mark Thomas comments: ‘Preparation for a solo record attempt is everything. Any issues encountered on the water are amplified when you are sailing alone and even a small problem can seriously threaten success. The build up to the round Britain record included a complete rigging overhaul where, once again, Future Fibres was chosen for the lateral, fore and aft rigging. Their product is fully optimized and proven again and again in the harshest conditions. We have complete confidence in their system.’
While the Round Britain record served as a great test for skipper and boat, their sights are now firmly set on the Route de Rhum. Skipper Sidney Gavignet: “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.”
Future Fibres would like to congratulate Sidney and the whole Oman Sail Team on this incredible achievement and wish them the best of luck for the Route Du Rhum.