For their final race, François and his 60-foot MACIF have written a new page in the history of sailing. In every one of his first attempts, François Gabart has managed to achieve success: Vendée Globe 2012: victory and a record in a little over 78 days for the youngest winner of the circumnavigation of the globe.
Route du Rhum 2014: victory and a record in 12 days 4 hours and 38 minutes. Not forgetting a win in the eastbound B to B transatlantic race in 2011, which served as a qualifier for the Vendée Globe.
This faultless grand slam rounds off the ambitious IMOCA programme launched together with MACIF some four years ago. By successfully bagging wins in the legendary round the world and transatlantic race, François, at just 31 years of age, has pulled off a feat worthy of the top athletes. Titouan Lamazou did it in his day aboard a monohull in 1990. More recently, Michel Desjoyeaux won the Vendée Globe 2000 on a monohull and then went straight on to take victory in the Route du Rhum on a multihull.
With his sponsor Macif, François will now focus on his 100-foot oceanic multihull, which is currently being fitted out. The future then for this extraordinary skipper will be coloured by a new story and a whole new set of challenges.