François Gabart, a year 35-year-old Frenchman and one of the best-singlehanded sailors in the world makes a new world record in the single-handed category, by sailing his trimaran Macif skilfully from the Lizard Point in England till Oussant, France on December 17 after a time frame of complete 42 days at sea.
Gabart’s victorious life started from a very young age of 14 bagging several titles in his life like French nationals; French national champion; Tornado Junior World Champion, the Solitaire du Figaro and many other which elevated him to a celebrity position. His accomplishments were noticed by one of the most competitively determined offshore French sailors “big boys” which consisted of Michel Desjoyeaux, two-time Vendee Globe winner. Gabart is identified to be competitive, committed and hardworking. He sailed with Desjoueaux on his IMOCA 60s learning how to manage himself for a non-stop round-the-world Vendee Globe race. He was also introduced to sailing sponsorship by Desjoueaux and his charming looks and determination gained him a partnership with insurance giant Macif in 2010. He broke Desjoueaux’s record by sailing back to France in 78 days and 2 hours. Gabart foresaw the challenges like weather, breakage of boats and skipper. VPLP designed trimaran which is 100ft in length for him to set the new record.
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