• Fastnet Race 2019: 58 seconds
One of the smallest gaps in a non-stop race had been established on the forty eighth version of the Fastnet Race, throughout the Channel. From the Isle of Wight to Plymouth by way of the south of Ireland, the battle raged between the trimaran of Francois Gabart (Macif) and the one co-piloted by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier (Edmond de Rothschild). While the skipper of Macif was main with simply over 2 miles, he suffered a technical downside that not allowed him to make use of the full potential of his large of the seas. At 26 knots towards 30 knots for his opponents, he couldn’t forestall the duo Cammas-Caudrelier to overhaul him and triumph with 58 seconds in advance at Plymouth by setting the file for the occasion.
• Route du Rhum 1978: 98 seconds
The first version of the transatlantic between Saint-Malo and Guadeloupe provided a state of affairs that immediately marked historical past. It all occurred in Pointe-à-Pitre bay. French Michel malinovsky was main the race on Kriter V, his 21-meter monohull, however misplaced all the things 250m from the end line. At the helm of a small yellow trimaran solely 11 meters lengthy, removed from being the quickest boat in the fleet, the Canadian Mike Birch combed Malinovsky to win this transatlantic race with simply 98 seconds forward. This version was additionally marked by the disappearance ofAlain Colas. After sending a disturbing message that he was in the eye of a cyclone, the skipper of Manureva then by no means gave an indication of life once more.
• Route du Rhum 2018: 7 minutes and eight seconds
Forty years after the loopy 78 version, the Route du Rhum continued to jot down its historical past with as soon as once more a most unsure end result round Guadeloupe. After having pranced in the lead all through the race on his maxi trimaran Macif, Francois Gabart got here solely 20 miles forward of Francis Joyon (Idec Sport) in the north of the island and earlier than beginning the tour from the west. But Gabart was hiding a broken rudder and foil. The Charentais, which was nonetheless main south of Guadeloupe, let the skipper of Idec cross by taking the route of Marie-Galante for too lengthy. Side by aspect on the method to Pointe-à-Pitre, Francis Joyon lastly gained because of a remaining tack that paid off to maintain seven minutes and eight seconds forward of François Gabart.
• Vendée Globe 2012-2013: 3 hours 17 minutes and 12 seconds
Francois Gabart (Macif) was nonetheless one of the predominant protagonists of a brand new thriller. For his first participation in the Vendée Globe, the skipper of Macif was neck and neck with Armel Le Cleac’h (Banque Populaire). The second took the lead at the Cape of Good Hope whereas the first was barely forward at Cape Horn, 24 miles. This is when Gabart managed to set sail alongside the South American coasts to a margin of over 200 miles at the western tip of Brazil. After the equator, the skipper of Banque Populaire saved the strain on however by no means discovered the fault, to return and die at 3:17:12 ”. Francois Gabart in Les Sables d’Olonne. A tiny hole after greater than 40,000 kilometers lined throughout 78 days 2 hours and 16 minutes of racing.
• Vendée Globe 2016-2017: 15 hours 59 minutes and 29 seconds
The final version of the largest offshore race additionally saved crusing fans in suspense. However, Armel Le Cleac’h appeared set on crushing the race. Passing Cape Horn, the skipper of Banque Populaire was greater than 700 miles forward of his first pursuer Alex thompson (Hugo Boss). But throughout the climb up the South Atlantic, his lead over the Briton melted as a result of of unfavorable climate. The hole even fell underneath 100 miles at the Doldrums however the Frenchman lastly managed to go away Thompson at a good way, all alongside the North Atlantic, to lift our arms at Sables d’Olonne by setting the file for the occasion. The skipper of Hugo Boss got here second with 15h59’29 ”behind The Cléac’h.