The catamaran Gitana 13 smashed the New York to San Francisco sailing record by almost 2 weeks yesterday. The 110 ft Maxi-Cat sailed under the Golden Gate bridge and to the finish line at Alcatraz yesterday morning with a time of 43 days 38 minutes. This route goes around the long way, Cape Horn for a total of over 14,ooo miles. This is the same route that all ships took to get to California in the days before the Panama Canal. The clipper ship Flying Cloud set a record of 89 days 8 hours in 1854 that held for 135 years.
The Gitane 13 is currently at the Corinthian Yacht Club and will be setting off to break the San Francisco to Yokohama record (14 days, 22 hours) around the end of March.
Note that Steve Fossett held the San Francisco to Yokohama sailing record for a while in 1996.