Posts tagged Francois Gabart

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.”

Dec 16

François Gabart “Rêver Large”



Mar 15


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…  Interview par Gilles Morelle,

Photo assignment for FG – Mer Concept.

Jan 15



‘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.


Nov 14




Nov 13

Karver 2013



Aug 13

“Three Vendée Globe wins, two men, and one IMOCA 60.”

English Channel - La Manche 49°09'853"N 5°08'59"W

Onboard the IMOCA Open 60 Macif crewed by Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux during a training session before the Transat Jacques Vabre in the English Channel from Plymouth to Port la Foret after she won on her class the Rolex Fastnet Race.Onboard the IMOCA Open 60 MACIF with François Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux preparing for the Transat Jacques Vabre in the English Channel on delivery from Plymouth to Port-la-Forêt after she won her class in the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Photo assignment for MACIF.

Jan 13

Francois Gabart and MACIF win the Vendée Globe

Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, France 46º29’25″N 1º47’30″W

IMG_1223François Gabart crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 14:18:40 UTC today, setting a new Vendee Globe and solo round-the-world record of 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds.