Category Circumnavigation

08
Mar 17

MACIF Trimaran re launched

Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º43’40″N 03º22'09″W

French sailor François Gabart and his 100ft trimaran MACIF designed by the VPLP design team, this 30-metre wide, 21 metre wide boat has been designed for solo sailing. A light boat (14.5 tonnes) with very fine hulls.The MACIF trimaran returned to sea on Wednesday 8 March, after a 4-month winter refit. In addition to checking all the parts of the boat, it mainly involved improving ergonomics. The most visible area of work carried out by the technical team focused on completely protecting the cockpit.

Being able to sail safely in dry surroundings is essential for the first single-handed round the world, which Francois Gabart is preparing to sail towards the end of the year. “Last year, we partially closed-off the cockpit. We have taken this idea further this year, with a porthole and composite bulkhead system that provides the helmsman with better. The cockpit is now completely closed. I want to be able to pilot the boat without worrying about my own safety”, explains Francois, who is satisfied with the result. This new feature must now be tested at sea!

Although the single-handed round the world record attempt is the main goal this season, Francois Gabart and Macif are also preparing for The Bridge. This race with crew will see four maxi-trimarans (Actual, Idec Sport, MACIF and Sodebo) race alongside the giant Queen Mary 2 liner, between St. Nazaire and New York (start 25 June). “The line-up will be splendid. We will be racing against Idec, which has just sailed round the world in 41 days with crew, and Sodebo, which did it in 49 days single-handed – two boats that have left their hallmark on the history of sailing”, says Francois gleefully.

For the MACIF skipper this Transat will be a new chance to further his knowledge of his 30 metre trimaran. “Right from the start, with Macif, I’ve had the following approach: each racing event serves as preparation for the next. The Bridge will prepare our round the world, which in turn will prepare the Route du Rhum 2018. Our dynamic is always to learn more and perform through progress. We do this to balance out the short-term and the long-term.”

www.macifcourseaularge.com

19
Jan 17

Vendée Globe 2016 – 2017 Arrival

Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France 46º29’30″N 1º47’40″W

Armel Le Cléac'h crossed the Vendée Globe finish line today, setting a new Vendee Globe and solo round-the-world record of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 secondsArmel Le Cléac’h crossed the Vendée Globe finish line, setting a new Vendee Globe and solo round-the-world record of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds and Alex Thomson crossed the finish line in 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds, Alex Thomson has become the fastest British sailor on that route.
Alex crossed the Vendée Globe finish line this morning in 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds

26
Dec 16

Thomas Coville / Sodebo solo round the world record

Brest, Brittany, France 48º22’47″N 4º29’08″W

Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ has successfully broken the solo round the world record Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ arrival in Brest.
Thomas Coville has successfully broken the solo round the world record, completing the 28400 nm route in 49 days 3 hours 7 minutes and 38 seconds.
Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ has successfully broken the solo round the world record

16
Dec 16

François Gabart “Rêver Large”

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02
Aug 16

The Ultime Class trimaran Sodebo in Rio

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 23º03’54″S 43º14'08″W

The Ultime Class 100' VPLP designed trimaran Sodebo and the Sailing Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Photo assignment for Sodebo.

20
Nov 15

The Race for Water Solar Vessel on the Seine River

Seine river, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France 49º18’34″N 01º12'06″E

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is currently the largest solar boat ever builtFrom November 26 until December 12, the Race for Water Foundation will be in Paris, on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). The foundation will be present with its ambassador, the Race for Water Solar Vessel, and will symbolically bring the ocean to the COP21 as a new member of the Ocean and Climate Platform.

The Foundation will organize and participate in several events and conferences both at Le Bourget Conference Center and at the Grand Palais.

For more information visit: http://www.raceforwater.com

Photo assignment for Race For Water a foundation to preserve water.

28
Jun 15

SODEBO ULTIM REFIT

Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º43’51″N 03º22'22″W

At the BSM, Lorient where the Ultime Class 100' VPLP designed trimaran Sodebo is refit.

At the BSM, Lorient where the Ultime Class 100′ VPLP designed trimaran Sodebo was refit.

16
Jun 15

VOLVO OCEAN RACE STOPOVER IN LORIENT

Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, France 47º43’27″N 03º21'28″W

Stop over of the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient, Brittany, France.

My week during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Lorient.

Photo assignment for Sail Corporate.

28
Mar 15

48 HOURS WITH FRANÇOIS GABART

Port-la-Forêt, Finistère, Brittany, France 47º53’58″N 3º58’22″W

François Gabart (born 23 March 1983 in Saint-Michel-d'Entraygues, France) is a French professional offshore yacht racer who won the 2012-13 Vendée Globe in 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes, setting a new race record.

Rencontre avec François Gabart… http://bit.ly/1FqJFpy  Interview par Gilles Morelle, www.adonnante.com

Photo assignment for FG – Mer Concept.

06
Jan 15

2015

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‘Happy’ (the sister ship of Mike Birch’s famous Olympus) skippered by Loick Peyron preparing to take part in this 10th transatlantic race "La Route du Rhum", La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany, France.