Gabart is amazing, he wins even when he loses!


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In spite of his young age, 33-year-old François Gabart, the blond man of the oceans, has a stellar palmares.
He has won the Vendée Globe (setting the record for the solo monohull round-the-world race), the Route du Rhum, the Jacques Vabre, the Fastnet and the Transat Bakerly. Insatiable set out, aboard his ultra-fast maxi trimaran Macif, to conquer the solo record North Atlantic crossing on the legendary New York (U.S.) – Cape Lizard (Great Britain) route.

Unfortunately, he was unable to improve on the time recorded by Francis Joyon, who aboard the tri Idec in 2013 took 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds: the unfavorable weather window that emerged in the second half of the leg forced him to give up. But he still has something to rejoice about. The blond started with a “bang” by setting the 24-hour mileage record yesterday. Gabart covered the distance of 785 miles at an average speed of 32.7 knots (almost 60 km/h!)., improving Thomas Coville’s previous record on the 31-meter trimaran Sodebo by nearly 40 miles. To snatch the record from Joyon Gabart would have to reach Cape Lizard by 5:14 a.m. (Italian time) on the morning of Thursday, July 7.



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