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Brits issue arrest warrant for ‘wrong way’ French sailor

One of the world’s most famous sailors, Frenchman Mark Guillemot, was accused of dangerous sailing for transiting the wrong way during several passages in June on his speed record attempt while circumnavigating Britain.

His sailboat, Safran, was spotted by radars of the Maritime Coastguard Agency sailing in the opposite direction of traffic on three occasions, according to Yachting World.

Going against the traffic in any separation zone is dangerous, but this is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

“Cynical or incompetent?” is the question asked by English journalist Elaine Bunting, when she pulled no punches in an article in Yachting World.

According to the British media, the British courts have issued an arrest warrant against Mark Guillemot, veteran French ocean racing sailor.

The skipper, who has just recently entered the Vendee Globe, was summoned to court in Southampton in southern England Tuesday and was represented by his lawyer, according to Yachting World. As a result of his non-appearance, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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