World Sailing Speed Record Council
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) was recognized by the International Yacht Racing Union (now renamed World Sailing) in 1972. Early on, the decision was taken to base such outright speed ratifications on a one-way leg of exactly 500 m (a subsection for speeds over one nautical mile was subsequently introduced). The expert council draws members from Australia, France, Great Britain and the USA.Visit the World Sailing Speed Record Council
Fastest circumnavigation sailing solo
The fastest circumnavigation by a single-handed sailor is 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes 35 seconds, by François Gabart (France) in his 100-ft trimaran MACIF from 4 November–17 December 2017 – as verified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Gabart beat the previous record by more than six days.