Single-handed Sailing - Single-handed Records

Single-handed Records

The theoretical distance for each course is shown, and the average speed based on this theoretical distance is shown for each record for comparison purposes. Note, however, that the actual distance sailed will be more than the theoretical distance, particularly on upwind and round-the-world courses; the actual average speed will therefore also be higher than that shown.

Round the world eastabout (21,760 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Overall 57 d 13 h 34 m Jan 2008 Francis Joyon IDEC 2 15.75 Joyon set a new world record for a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation, covering 26,400 nautical miles (48,893 km), including a short-lived record 614m in 24 hours (25.9 knots).
Monohull 84 d 3 h 9 m Feb 2009 Michel Desjoyeaux Foncia 10.8 Desjoyeaux won the 2008-2009 edition of the Vendée Globe and took the world record for a single-handed, non-stop, monohull circumnavigation.
Monohull woman 94 d 4 h 25 m Feb 2001 Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher 9.6 MacArthur finished second in the 2000-2001 edition of the Vendée Globe as the youngest ever entrant, and set the world record for a single-handed, non-stop, monohull circumnavigation by a woman.
Round the world westabout (21,760 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Overall, Monohull 122 d 14 h 4 m March 2004 Jean Luc Van Den Heede Adrien 7.4 Van den Heede sailed the monohull Adrien around the world westabout, against the winds and currents, to set the record for a single-handed westabout circumnavigation.
Transpacific west to east (4,525 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Multihull 20 d 9 h 53 m Aug 1996 Steve Fossett Lakota 9.2 Fossett sailed the little-contested downwind course from Yokohoma to San Francisco to set a multihull record.
Cadiz - San Salvador (3,884 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Multihull 9 d 20 h 35 m November 2008 Francis Joyon Trimaran IDEC 18.94
Transatlantic, west to east (2,925 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Overall 5 d 19 h 30 m July 2008 Thomas Coville Sodebo 20.97 Thomas Coville beat the previous holder Francis Joyon by more than 8 hours to set a new west-to-east multihull record from Ambrose Light to Lizard Point.
Multihull woman 7 d 3 h 50 m June 2004 Ellen MacArthur B&Q/Castorama 17.0 MacArthur sailed her trimaran B&Q/Castorama from Ambrose Light to Lizard Point to set a new world record for a transatlantic crossing by women, beating the previous crewed record as well as the singlehanded version.
Transatlantic, east to west (2,800 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Overall 9 d 23 h 55 m June 2000 Francis Joyon Eure et Loir 11.7 Joyon's voyage in his trimaran from Plymouth to Newport set the overall record for an east-to-west (upwind) transatlantic passage.
Monohull, woman any vessel 14 d 23 h 11 m June 2000 Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher 7.8 MacArthur sailed the same route to take the record for a single-handed monohull east-to-west passage, and also the record for a woman in any vessel.
Round Britain and Ireland, all islands (1,787 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Monohull 7 d 8 h 47 m May 2005 Jean Luc Van Den Heede Adrien 10.1
Miami - New York (947 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Multihull 3 d 5 h 0 m July 2005 Thomas Coville Sodeb'O 12.3
Newport - Bermuda (635 miles)
Type Time Date Sailor Boat Speed Comments Ref
Multihull 1 d 16 h 52 m June 1999 Steve Fossett Lakota 15.5

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... on this theoretical distance is shown for each record for comparison purposes. 2008 Francis Joyon IDEC 2 15.75 Joyon set a new world record for a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation, covering 26,400 nautical miles (48,893 km), including a short-lived record 614m in 24 ... Foncia 10.8 Desjoyeaux won the 2008-2009 edition of the Vendée Globe and took the world record for a single-handed, non-stop, monohull circumnavigation ...

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