François Gabart
François Gabart, 11th Hour Racing Ambassador
About François

Hometown: Saint-Michel d’Entraygues, Charente (France)

Resides: Port-La-Forêt, France

Everyday

Free Time: Family and sport

Bad Ass Moment: During my solo world tour, when I saw a huge iceberg

Hidden Talent: SUP Foil

The Fridge: Sojasun products and chocolate

Best Advice: Winning

Brands

Omega, Sojasun, TBS, Klaxoon, Moken Organic Eyewear

Gear

Guy Cotten / TBS

2017

Solo round the world record

2015

Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre

2012-13

Winner of the Vendée Globe

Having spent so much of my life on and around the ocean I am acutely aware of the threats it is facing. A threatened ocean impacts us all and, even more so as a father, I know we must act to protect it and safeguard the environment for future generations.

Skipper, competitor, engineer, François Gabart is all at the same time. Versatile, curious, and hard-working, this young sailor revealed his potential with his victory in the Vendée Globe at just 29 years old and has propelled himself, in the space of a few years, to rank amongst the greatest talents in ocean racing.

Discovered on the Figaro Bénéteau II circuit, he became a professional skipper in 2008 and wore the Macif colors between 2010 and 2020. After having switched from the Figaro to the 60-foot IMOCA monohull, he started a new chapter in 2015 aboard a new trimaran, a 100-foot multihull.

François has racked up a series of victories and records, such as the victory of the Vendée Globe in 2015 and the solo world record on his trimaran in 2017.

His specialty: the loner, an art in its own right to which he now devotes himself with professionalism and method, alongside an unalterable fascination for sailing competition unchanged since he was a child.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN 11th HOUR RACING AMBASSADOR?

I am proud to represent 11th Hour Racing, with which I share the same values of innovation, protecting the ocean, and passion for ocean racing. These values and our combined expertise will allow us to think about the boats of the future and work together to make them a reality. Equally, I strongly believe we all need to consider the actions we can take to protect the environment, from saying no to single-use plastic to advocating for ocean health. I’m honored to be able to represent 11th Hour Racing in France, and beyond, and look forward to using our combined platforms to maximize the impact we can have.

SUPPORTING THE MISSION

While I’ve enjoyed my competitive success, for me winning is no longer enough, we must do all we can to preserve our ocean and 11th Hour Racing are exemplary in this way. They understand that at sea, thanks to our sport, we go to places where few people go, which allows us to observe its evolution and threats, and also to contribute to scientific research As an ambassador for 11th Hour Racing I want to help 11th Hour Racing bring this message to all those involved in the construction and management of our boats and, more generally, to France.

I strongly believe that today there is only one limit to offshore racing, the impact of climate change. We are already seeing this negatively affect our navigation options, such as more northerly ice gates, and greater instability in weather patterns increases uncertainty and risk. We all need to work together to understand and mitigate these effects.

Header image credit: Vincent Curutchet

Career Highlights

  • 2018: Second in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe in 07 days, 14 hours, 28 minutes, and 55 seconds
  • 2017: Solo round the world record in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, and 35 seconds
  • 2016: Winner of The Transat Bakerly in 08 days, 08 hours, 54 minutes, and 39 seconds
  • 2015: Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 12 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes, and 27 seconds with Pascal Bidégorry
  • 2014: Winner of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe in 12 days, 4 hours, 38 minutes, and 55 seconds
  • 2012-2013: Winner of the Vendée Globe in 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 40 seconds

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Tyler Schoeppner, Data Visualization Specialist, 11th Hour Racing