As far as the MACIF trimaran skipper is concerned, the new Brest Atlantiques race, in which the
François Gabart and his co-skipper will
This represents an intensive month of double-handed racing, according to François. It is very interesting from a competitive point of view and demonstrates the vitality of the
“The end of January,” says François Gabart, “was a key moment in the class’s history. As the initial calendar was messed up after the autumn accidents, we had to rethink a programme. I was not particularly worried about our ability
Many scenarios were considered by the sponsors and the racing teams. And this Atlantic triangle has much to offer. But far as the MACIF trimaran’s skipper is concerned, it will enable the class to write its own history through a long-distance racing challenge. By facing up to the economic realities of our sponsors and the racing realities of the racing teams, we have succeeded in building a programme that meets their expectations.
“There is no shame in saying that it is essential to be able to measure the costs. The Class, and ocean racing as a
“Not Much Shorter Than a Round the World”
The Brest, Rio, Cape of Good Hope, Brest triangle promises to be, “a little under a month at sea, which in the end is only a little shorter than
The sail back up the Atlantic will be a classic of its kind. In the end, I think we will spend more optimizing our course and speed with velocity made good (VMG). As for sailing double-handed, I believe that it will allow us to have a similar race format to the Transat Jacques Vabre, which will help us find solutions to the reliability problems recently experienced, even if trimarans like these are still not that easy to handle double-handed”
Flying Phantom, Airborne Sensations
While the MACIF trimaran is still undergoing a refit to prepare for the challenges this autumn, François Gabart has begun a new chapter of his life racing a Flying Phantom double-handed with Louis
The two skippers have been actively training with ENVSN, the Ecole national de voile et de sports nautiques, with the goal of lining up for the start of three major events in the international season of this very powerful class: the Eurocat (Carnac, 2 to 4 May), Act 2 of the Flying Phantom season, then Act 7, which will take place on Lake Garda (July) and the European Championship, which should also be held on the Italian lake.
What is the goal? “To learn the subtleties of foiling and to get familiar with these sensations,” says François. “I will be competing with the 18 to 25 year-olds, a generation that was practically born racing on foiling yachts and which is very good. You wouldn’t think it, after so many years of being the young sailor, it turns out I’m no longer young. I