François Gabart takes victory in The Transat bakerly
In the collective memory, it’s not that long ago that there was only one Transat: the one the French call the English Transat, formerly known as the OSTAR, between England and the USA by the north Atlantic. A difficult, tough race, worthy of only the best sailors.
Thomas Coville (Sodebo) and François Gabart (Macif) have been neck and neck for most of the race, which this time has had an air of the Route du Rhum about it, with competitors taking a very southerly course. On paper, Macif is faster downwind, leading Thomas Coville to take a gamble with the weather. Unfortunately for the skipper of Sodebo, this wasn’t going to be enough.
In the end, Macif took 8 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes and 39 seconds to cover the theoretical 3,050 nautical miles of the great circle route between Plymouth and New York at an average speed of 15.18 knots. But in reality, François Gabart’s southerly route saw him cover 4,643 miles through the water at a mind-blowing 23.11 knots!
A word from the winner:
“I reckon this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever undertaken. It has been hyper-demanding. Right to the end it has been incredibly physical. I feel burnt out. I’m a bit reluctant to go to sleep. I’m going to take a few naps… I don’t know how long it’ll take me to get back to normal, but it’ll take a bit of time. There’s no way I could do two races like that in one year.”
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