Jul 3, 2016

Gabart & Macif Tri @NY: North Atlantic Crossing Record Attemp

Photos: Alexis Courcoux / Macif  from the Transat Bakerly departure and NY from yesterday -- More pics at Macifcourseaularge.com -

The French are the best Multihull sailors out there, being Olympic level with Billy & Marie, or Ocean Crossing 'aliens' like Peyron, Joyon, Coville or Francois Gabart, who is in currently in NY waiting for a weather window to attempt to break Joyon's North Atlantic record. These guys are simply nuts and living some experiences very few have endure.
Solo ocean crossing on a giant foiling Trimaran (check foils shots) is a glorious and challenging feat comparable to any past ancient navigation. Beyond current gps & tech in the end is Gabart , his Tri and the mighty Atlantic..

Gabart's waiting period to cross the Atlantic seems to be over now:
Source: Macif : "..On stand-by for a month, François Gabart is
about to set off alone to Macif Trimaran  to try to break the record of the North Atlantic crossing from New York to Cape Lizard.
Current recrod is held by Francis Joyon: 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.

While the end of the standby period was approaching (July 2), a weather window presented itself early in the week and was confirmed on Wednesday. The skipper and his team then joined New York Thursday morning. The start procedure just went on Friday morning to level 4, confirming the initial window... "

More info in French at www.macifcourseaularge.com