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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As we all know, the IMOCA Monhulls have started arriving at the Port Olona three weeks prior to the race. The French Sailing Federation has sent referees to the event as they are supposed to look after certain aspects of the race. A safety check is must before the fleet across the starting point. That’s how Vendee Globe ensures safety.
They also have a very important international jury to ensure that there are no safety issues. This jury has expert members from all over the world, including Britain, New Zealand, France and Spain. Their duty is to check for faults and apply time penalties in case if they come across some safety issues. A time penalty will be added to the particular boat as they will have a delayed start. Continue reading “Vendee Globe Insists Safety” →