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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JULY – 2016
SOLO 24HR RECORD ON A MULTIHULL COVERING 784 NAUTICAL MILES.
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.
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.
A NEW ADVENTURE IN THE PIPELINE... WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ULTIM TRIMARAN.
NOV – 2014
WINNER OF THE ROUTE DU RHUM - DESTINATION GUADELOUPE AND THE EVENT RECORD IN 12 DAYS, 4 HOURS 38 MINUTES AND 55 SECONDS.
JUNE – 2014
FRENCH A CLASS CHAMPION.
JAN – 2013
WINNER OF THE VENDEE GLOBE 2012-2013 AND THE EVENT RECORD IN 78 DAYS, 2 HOURS 16 MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS.
Nov – 2012
START OF THE VENDÉE GLOBE.
JUNE – 2012
SECOND IN THE EUROPA WARM' UP.
Dec – 2011
FIRST IMOCA VICTORY IN THE TRANSAT BTOB.
Nov – 2011
FOURTH IN THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2011 WITH SEB COL.
FRENCH SINGLEHANDED OFFSHORE RACING CHAMPION.
Nov – 2009
SECOND IN THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2009 WITH KITO DE PAVANT.
Sept – 2009
WINNER OF THE SKIPPER MACIF SELECTION 2010.
SKIPPER ESPOIR RÉGION BRETAGNE (BRITTANY REGION SKIPPER PROSPECT).
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPION ON THE TORNADO.
FRENCH MOTH CHAMPION IN EUROPE.
FRENCH OPTIMIST CHAMPION.
"IN THE 'OPTI' NATIONALS. I ALREADY HAD THE RIGHT STICKER ON THE SAIL!"
WITH HIS PARENTS’ CONSENT, HE SET OFF ON HIS OWN ON A TENDER.
FRANCOIS’ FAVOURITE SPOT ON THE PESK AVEL.