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Gabart and the giant trimaran

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By Euronews
Gabart and the giant trimaran

<p>After 18 months and some 100 000 hours of labour, François Gabart’s giant trimaran finally emerged from the dockyard to take it’s place on the water.</p> <p>The Macif-sponsored project is – well – just massive.</p> <p>It was a nervous moment for Gabart and his technical team.</p> <p>The 2013 Vendee Globe and 2014 Route du Rhum winner eagerly watched on as the giant multihull was carefully placed in the waters of the submarine base of Lorient, France.</p> <p>It was the first of numerous ambitious challenges ahead for Gabart and the 30 metre, 14.5 ton trimaran.</p> <p>The 32-year-old French skipper will first officially test the waters in the Transat Jacques Vabre in late October with co-skipper Pascal Bidégorry.</p> <p>In 2016 Gabart will attempt to smash a series of solo records notably across the Atlantic and Mediteranean.</p> <p>All of that will lead Gabart to his ultimate goal with this 21 metre wide monster trimaran – an attempt to beat the world record of solo circumnavigating the globe in 2017.</p>