Career

Coming into his own on the Figaro Bénéteau II circuit, a craft on which he notably went on to become French Singlehanded Offshore Racing Champion, François Gabart started a new chapter in his young career in December 2010 aboard the monohull MACIF. Winner of the Vendée Globe 12/13 and the Route du Rhum 2014 on his IMOCA, he took things to a whole new level again in 2015 by launching the build of a 30-metre trimaran. From his first few tacks aboard a multihull, he confirmed his status as the best sailor of his generation. That same year he won the Transat Jacques Vabre going on to earn success singlehanded in The Transat bakerly 2016. In 2017, he shattered the solo round the world record in less than 43 days, securing a new record along the way for covering the greatest distance in 24hrs. On 12 November 2018, he crossed the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe finish line in second place, just 7 minutes shy of Francis Joyon, after what proved to be a legendary finish which will remain in the race annals forever. This photo retrospective traces over 25 years of his journey out on the water that led him to offshore racing.

NOV – 2018

Having led the race virtually the whole way across the Atlantic and faced with significant damage on his trimaran MACIF, François Gabart crossed the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe finish line in second place after a remarkable head-to-head with Francis Joyon, the ultimate winner, with a lead of just 7 minutes and 8 seconds.

NOV – 2018

DEC – 2017

ON 17 DECEMBER 2017, HE BECAME THE NEW SOLO ROUND THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER, CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE GLOBE IN JUST 42 DAYS 16 HOURS 40 MINUTES AND 35 SECONDS. HE ALSO TREATED HIMSELF TO TWO OTHER RECORDS ALONG THE WAY: EQUATOR / EQUATOR AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC CROSSING.

DEC – 2017

NOV – 2017

DURING HIS SOLO ROUND THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT, FRANÇOIS GABART SHATTERED HIS OWN 24HR RECORD BY COVERING A DISTANCE OF 850.68 MILES IN A SINGLE DAY.

NOV – 2017

JULY – 2017

SETTING SAIL FROM SAINT NAZAIRE BOUND FOR NEW YORK, FRANÇOIS GABART AND HIS CREW WON THE BRIDGE TRANSATLANTIC RACE AFTER CROSSING THE NORTH ATLANTIC IN 8 DAYS 31 MINUTES AND 20 SECONDS.

JULY – 2017

MAY – 2017

THE FIRST CREWED RACE ABOARD THE TRIMARAN MACIF AND THE FIRST VICTORY IN THE ARMEN RACE USHIP IN LA TRINITÉ-SUR-MER, SW BRITTANY.

MAY – 2017

JULY – 2016

SOLO 24HR RECORD ON A MULTIHULL COVERING 784 NAUTICAL MILES.

JULY – 2016

MAY – 2016

FOR HIS FIRST SINGLEHANDED RACE ABOARD THE TRIMARAN MACIF, HE WINS THE TRANSAT BAKERLY IN 8 DAYS 8 HOURS 54 MINUTES AND 39 SECONDS.

MAY – 2016

NOV – 2015

JUST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS AFTER THE LAUNCH OF THE TRIMARAN MACIF, HE WINS THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE DOUBLE-HANDED WITH PASCAL BIDEGORRY.

NOV – 2015

2015

A NEW ADVENTURE IN THE PIPELINE... WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ULTIM TRIMARAN.

2015

NOV – 2014

WINNER OF THE ROUTE DU RHUM - DESTINATION GUADELOUPE AND THE EVENT RECORD IN 12 DAYS, 4 HOURS 38 MINUTES AND 55 SECONDS.

NOV – 2014

JUNE – 2014

FRENCH A CLASS CHAMPION.

JUNE – 2014

JAN – 2013

WINNER OF THE VENDEE GLOBE 2012-2013 AND THE EVENT RECORD IN 78 DAYS, 2 HOURS 16 MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS.

JAN – 2013

Nov – 2012

START OF THE VENDÉE GLOBE.

Nov – 2012

JUNE – 2012

SECOND IN THE EUROPA WARM' UP.

JUNE – 2012

Dec – 2011

FIRST IMOCA VICTORY IN THE TRANSAT BTOB.

Dec – 2011

Nov – 2011

FOURTH IN THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2011 WITH SEB COL.

Nov – 2011

2010

FRENCH SINGLEHANDED OFFSHORE RACING CHAMPION.

2010

Nov – 2009

SECOND IN THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2009 WITH KITO DE PAVANT.

Nov – 2009

Sept – 2009

WINNER OF THE SKIPPER MACIF SELECTION 2010.

Sept – 2009

2008

SKIPPER ESPOIR RÉGION BRETAGNE (BRITTANY REGION SKIPPER PROSPECT).

2008

2004

JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPION ON THE TORNADO.

2004

1999

FRENCH MOTH CHAMPION IN EUROPE.

1999

1997

FRENCH OPTIMIST CHAMPION.

1997

1994

"IN THE 'OPTI' NATIONALS. I ALREADY HAD THE RIGHT STICKER ON THE SAIL!"

1994

1990

WITH HIS PARENTS’ CONSENT, HE SET OFF ON HIS OWN ON A TENDER.

1990

1989

FRANCOIS’ FAVOURITE SPOT ON THE PESK AVEL.

1989