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Click&Boat’s sponsor, François Gabart, gave an exclusive interview to the platform before tackling the Route du Rhum 2022 on board his giant SVR Lazartigue trimaran. We had the chance to visit Gabart and his mighty boat in Saint-Malo, France just as he was preparing for the race.
Check out the interview below with François Gabart for Click&Boat. We had the opportunity to chat with Gabart just before the start of the Route du Rhum 2022, on board the maxi-trimaran SVR Lazartigue. This incredible boat required 150,000 hours to create and is designed to fly over the water to achieve a powerful performance. The assembly was carried out by MerConcept, François Gabart’s ocean racing team. In July 2020, the company became a “Company with a Mission,” committed to both sport and technology in ocean racing, but also more broadly to the idea of inventing tomorrow’s maritime mobility by supporting innovative and sustainable projects.
Click&Boat sponsor since 2018, François Gabart will attempt to win this year’s Route du Rhum 2022 in the Ultime category, eight years after his Rhum victory in the IMOCA. The SVR Lazartigue maxi-trimaran is both unique and incredible. It is equipped with a go-kart steering wheel, located in each cockpit (on either side of the boom), cleverly designed to remain sheltered from the wind and sea spray while having a clear view of the bow. The boat is also fitted with 20 solar panels, 300 sensors, and 210m2 of nets. From the outside, the trimaran SVR Lazartigue is like an albatross as it stands majestically, conquering, and ready to take flight.
One could compare the Route du Rhum to Formula 1 of the seas, but with the steering wheel acting on autopilot. Gabart’s trimaran stands at an impressive 32 metres long, 23 metres wide, and 37 metres tall. In full action, it can exceed 45 knots and is ready for the test of the Route du Rhum 2022.
François Gabart will set off on Sunday, November 6th, alongside the 137 other competing skippers. The race will start from Saint-Malo, France and finish in Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.