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By Dan Spurr , Sep 27, 2019

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Macif is one of several 100′ (30m) trimarans belonging to the unique Ultime class of yachts designed solely to smash ocean racing records.

In a 1956 movie, Phileas Fogg (played by the quintessential Brit David Niven) won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” The “most punctual man alive” traveled by all modes of transportation, including trains, steamers, and even elephants. The challenge so intoxicated the sail-loving French that the Jules Verne Trophy was created, named for the author of the 1873 novel upon which the movie is based. Bruno Peyron first and narrowly accomplished the feat in 1993, aboard the catamaran Explorer , in a time of 79 days, 6 hours.

At least nine times this amazing record has been shortened, most recently in 2017 by Francis Joyon, who nearly reduced by half the elapsed time; he and his crew claimed the Jules Verne Trophy by finishing in 40 days, 23 hours. But as offshore sailors never shy from adding pages to the Guiness Book of World Records , that same year 34-year-old François Gabart ticked off 27,859 miles in 42 days, 16 hours—solo! This slashed 6 days and 10 hours off the solo record set by Thomas Coville a year earlier.

Macif employs hi tech for high speeds

Gabart’s ride is a member of the newly emerged Ultime class of 100 ‘ (30m) multihulls, whose sole purpose is to break more records (it grows tedious with times measured between hours of the clock, between the three great capes, and so on). Macif , named for the insurance company that paid the $25 million tab, was designed by VPLP (see “Flying Machines, Part II,” PBB No. 91) and built by CDK Technologies in France, in 2015. The boat, with wave-piercing bows, is carbon, cooked in a 35m (225 ‘ ) autoclave. The rotating wing mast can be canted to weather.

Check these stunning numbers, first of the yacht: LOA 30m/98 ‘ 5 “ , beam 21m/68 ‘ 11 “ , draft 4.5m/14 ‘ 9 “ , mast height 35m/114 ‘ 9 “ , displacement 14 tons, sail area upwind 430m²/4,628 sq ft and downwind 650m²/6,996 sq ft.

And now for her solo nonstop circumnavigation from November 4 to December 17, 2017: 42 days, 40 minutes, 35 seconds, max speed 47 knots, average speed 27.2 knots, max distance in a day 851 nm.

Of course, records are meant to be broken, and if the holder doesn’t improve, someone else will take over. Not wasting a moment, Macif underwent a six to seven months refit by CDK and its subsidiary in Lorient, Keroman Technologies . According to reports, and with the assistance of MerConcept , the company Gabart created to manage his and other campaigns, optimization included new foil casings, new rudders, new horizontal foils on all three rudders, L-shaped retractable foils on the floats, or amas, a modified centerboard, and a lighter-weight sandwich boom. Gabart, speaking to sail-world.com: “We realized that it is very interesting to sail the boat a little more ‘on its nose’ or flat when foiling. To achieve this, we moved the boat’s centre of gravity, by moving considerably heavy items, such as the engine for example…I think that it is going to improve our airborne performance.”

Back to the shop for upgrades

She was relaunched last July to compete in the Route du Rhum from France to Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, losing to another Ultime trimaran, IDEC Sport , skippered by Francis Joyon, by 10 hours. So, after returning to France last January on a cargo ship, she went back into the yard for attention to some systems that had failed. Performance is a moving target.

Keroman’s facility has added a 40m x 10m x 7m (131 ‘ x 33 ‘ x 23 ‘ ) autoclave capable of heating to 120°C (248°F). The crossbeams were strengthened, an aerodynamic canvas added to the bow, and the appendage controls improved.

Next up: the double-handed Brest Atlantiques that begins November 3, 2019, and covers some 14,000 nm from Brest to Brest, rounding two islands in the South Atlantic, one off Rio de Janeiro and the other off Cape Town, South Africa.

CDK Technologies, Port la Forêt, 29940 La Forêt Fouesnant, France, tel. +33 (0)2 98 51 41 00, fax +33 (0)2 98 51 41 09. Keroman Technologies, 2 rue Ingénieur Verrière, 56100 Lorient, France, tel. +33 (0)2 97 87 87 37, fax +33 (0)2 97 37 51 57. MerConcept, Rue du Skoen, Port la Foret, 29940 La Forêt Fouesnant, France, tel. +33 (0)2 98 98 90 29.

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Maxi trimarans battle the South Atlantic

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(November 16, 2019; Day 12) – Having emerged unscathed from the past 24 hours of very strong winds and particularly rough head on seas, the four Ultim 32/23 Class trimarans in the 14,000nm Brest Atlantiques continue their crossing of the South Atlantic in upwind conditions averaging around 30 knots for the fastest on a course for Gough Island, located at the edge of the ice zone. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild continues to hold the lead today with 107 miles over second placed MACIF.

The worst of this second leg since the turning mark off Rio de Janeiro is over for the fleet who have been sailing upwind in 25-30 knots gusting to 40 and especially rough seas against them for the past 24 hours. It has been particularly punishing on both the boats and the sailors.

Despite these testing conditions, average speeds remain high and particularly for the leader, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, who, in seas of up to 3 metres, is able to free itself from the waves and literally fly over them.

With peaks at over 30 knots between the 4am and 8am rankings today, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier eased slightly between noon and 4pm (28 knots), which enabled trimaran MACIF (François Gabart/Gwénolé Gahinet) and Sodebo Ultim 3 (Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias) to reduce the gap (107 and 215 miles at 4pm), while behind, Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec/Alex Pella), 489 miles away, is holding on (at an average of over 24 knots over the last four hours), aware of the need to go fast to stay in the same weather system as the others.

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“They have a little pressure because they’re on the edge of the front, 35 miles from the wind shift, they have to be able to stay with the low going down to the southeast, but for now, they’re keeping up the pace,” explains Christian Dumard, the race director’s weather consultant. “The risk for them is to go to the wrong side of the depression, and in this case, their delay in Cape Town could go from about fifteen hours to at least two days.

“They are still going down in a little less sea than yesterday, it’s a little more manageable, but it’s still very hard, they’re going to have these conditions until Sunday night included. They are all on course for Gough Island, the island just at the edge of the ice zone, which they will leave to starboard before rounding the high which should be pretty fast.”

According to the routing, the first duo could reach Gough Island overnight withing the next two days, then arriving in Cape Town, the second and last mark they need to pass, by November 20.

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Event details – Race brochure – Tracker – YouTube

The race sends these doublehanded speedsters on a course from Brest that will turn at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Cape Town (South Africa) before returning to Brest. The Ultim Class is for trimarans with a maximum length of 32 meters and a maximum width of 23 meters.

The turning marks will see the boats leave to port the chain of Cagarras Islands, in front of the famous Ipanema beach in the Bay of Rio and Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

It is an unprecedented course, lined with several weather traps, especially along The Cape, a route almost never taken in offshore racing.

Each entry will be skippered by four fantastic pairs and accompanied by a media man who is not allowed to take an active role in the performance of the boat. The teams are:

• Actual leader: Yves Le Blévec/Alex Pella • Maxi Edmond de Rothschild: Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier • Trimaran Macif: François Gabart/Gwénolé Gahinet • Sodebo Ultim 3: Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias

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Team Macif to join the Ultime trimaran club

Discussion in ' Multihulls ' started by Corley , Sep 24, 2013 .

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Team Macif have added their support to the Ultime class with VPLP scoring a design request for an oceanic racing trimaran of around 100' to be skippered by Francois Gabart. An extensive and ambitious program of solo events ultimately working up to a solo round the world attempt. http://www.macifcourseaularge.com/actualites/un-trimaran-aux-couleurs-du-groupe-macif-en-2015 and an article on the dailysail: http://www.thedailysail.com/offshore/13/65333/0/new-macif-trimaran-for-francois-gabart I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison with the current holder of the record Francis Joyon and IDEC II and challenger Thomas Coville's Sodebo My observation from the provisional specs is that VPLP are pushing the beam out relative to the Iren's designed Sodebo and IDEC it's still not extreme but will provide more righting moment. This boat will have a 20m (65') beam approximately vs about 16.5m (54') on Sodebo and IDEC. Macif A trimaran of about 100 feet long in the final category, intended for offshore navigation alone. Length: 30 m Width: 20 m Mast height: approx. 35 m Surface of sails to the close: 600 m² Downwind sail surface: 700 m² Sodebo Mise à l'eau : juin 2007 Port d'attache : La Trinité sur Mer Architectes : Nigel Irens / Benoît Cabaret Calcul de la structure : John Levell Dessins des appendices : Martin Fischer Etudes hydrodynamiques : Yann Roux Constructeurs : Boat Speed (Australie) Poids en charge : 12 tonnes Mât : basculant 35m Surface grand-voile : 237m² Surface solent : 158m² Longueur : 31 mètres(102 pieds) Largeur : 16,55 mètres (55 pieds) Toutes les voiles sont en Cuben Fiber ou en D4 IDEC II Longueur hors tout : 29.70 m Longueur flotteurs : 24.5 m Largeur : 16.5 m Poids : 11 t Surface de voilure au près : 350 m² Surface de voilure au portant : 520 m² Hauteur de mât : 32 m Chantier : Marsaudon Composites Lorient Mât et bôme : Lorima Appendices : Gepeto Calculs : Hervé Devaux Voiles : Incidence Brest and for comparison Groupama3's specs, this is the Jules Verne trim so the mast fitted for the Route du Rhum was shorter (anyone know how long the "short" mast is ?). The sail area and mast height were reduced for the Route du Rhum when Franck Cammas solo raced the boat to victory. ◾Build date: 2006 ◾Architects: VPLP ◾Type: Trimaran ◾Shipyard: Multiplast ◾Length : 31.50 metres (103.3 ft) ◾Width : 22.50 metres (73.8 ft) ◾Displacement : 18 tons ◾Mast height: 41 metres (135 ft) ◾Sails : 557 sqm / 828 sqm ◾Crew: 10 and the solo specs with shorter mast and renamed BPVII Architectes : Cabinet VPLP Nom officiel : Maxi Trimaran Solo Banque Populaire VII Numéro de voile : 19 Longueur : 31,50 m Largeur : 22,50 Déplacement : 18 000 kg Tirant d’eau : 5,70 m Hauteur du mât : 33,50m Structure : carbone-Nomex Voilure au près : 411 m2 Voilure au portant : 678 m2 Toute première mise à l’eau : juin 2006  

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A video showing construction progress at CDK technologies on the new Macif Ultime trimaran to be skippered by Francois Gabart. http://youtu.be/kAWwoBPDc1o  

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Wow! Far out construction and far out operation! Top 1% only thank goodness.  
Macif Test Boat Striking new 24' foiler from Macif/Francis Gabart : This boat is being used as an experimental test boat close to scale of the full size Macif to test foils and foil combinations. In the picture below you can see two different ama foils both of which work like uptip foils with intrinsic altitude control. Both amas have rudder T foils. http://www.macifcourseaularge.com/a...ratoire-flottant-au-service-de-la-performance https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/m24?source=feed_text&story_id=1282012811878630 http://www.macifcourseaularge.com/ NOTE: One of the French guys on facebook claims that the daggerboard has a "horizontal plane, trim everything". Just spectacular if true! UPDATE-no evidence found for this claim anywhere so far.  
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Less than a month after the MACIF trimaran was launched again, everyone is amazed. The boat is sailing faster and is flying higher, as if she was brand new. This has impressed everyone.

It would be an understatement to say that everything has gone well on board the MACIF trimaran since she was relaunched on 31 July 2018. After a six-month long refit, with a considerable makeover, “MACIF is no longer the same as she was last year,” stresses François Gabart, “but she is also exactly as we imagined her in theory. The results of the studies carried out over a period of two years seem a little mad on paper, but in reality, she aligns with all the figures. It’s incredibly exciting and fun to discover a new boat.”

With foils being studied all over the world since they dominated the America’s Cup, there have been some alterations to the MACIF trimaran’s foils. “When MACIF was first launched, sailing in flight was only beginning. The composites were questioned and in terms of geometry we were still learning things. Since then foils have been studied very closely and the ones we use today generally offer high performance.” Bigger and thinner, with better developed geometry, they fulfil their role, allowing the boat to fly faster and higher, helped by the centreboard change and the float’s rudders.

MACIF trimaran © Yann Riou / Macif

MACIF trimaran © Yann Riou / Macif

The ‘cabin’ in which the skipper shelters has been lowered and canvas has been used to optimize aerodynamics. “We have undertaken a few full and partial modifications on the hydraulics and electronics. They cannot be seen with the naked eye, but contribute a good deal to performance.”

What a casting!

Since the MACIF trimaran was launched again, she has already sailed nearly 3000 miles, to break her in, but also to get François into a single-handed sailing mindset, so that he can plan the upcoming Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. “I am partially in control, but I need to get my bearings again and familiarize myself with trimmings. It’s a change from what I’m used to and I have to accept a different way of sailing and rethink some of the protocols. With these boats you are always learning something new, whether they have foils or not. As for getting up to speed in terms of solo sailing, I am manoeuvring alone, but I am constantly accompanied by a member of the technical team, who works on performance and the boat’s safety, especially since there are a lot of people on the water on the coast in the summer.”

The trimaran still attracts admiration. Particularly among the guests on board, James Spithill, double winner of the America’s Cup, Benoît Marie, flight specialist on small boats and Pascal Bidégorry, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, who knows everything there is to know about trimarans, speed and performance.

The three of them were full of praise and suggestions. “All the feedback I’m getting from these great sailors is extremely stimulating,” says François. “They are enthusiastic and know that MACIF is an extraordinary boat capable of incredible acceleration and that she is also a joy to sail, but still has amazing development potential. James Spithill is probably the man who has flown the most on the AC45 and AC 50, and he has methods for changing from inshore to offshore. Benoît constantly asks me questions about trimmings and this results in stimulating discussions. For example, there are lots of things that can be used from the way you sail on a foiling moth. As for Pascal, he is the least experienced when it comes to flight, but he is very familiar with the boat and the team, which opens up other avenues to explore. All these approaches are different and complementary.”

François Gabart onboard MACIF trimaran - photo © hocus-focus.bzh / Macif

François Gabart onboard MACIF trimaran – photo © hocus-focus.bzh / Macif

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The summer was also an opportunity to train against Sébastien Josse and Edmond de Rothschild. A few hours alongside, helped the two boats calibrate their speed and points of sailing. “We are able to keep the pace up with this new generation boat. This kind of information is very interesting. We hadn’t sailed at close quarters since The Bridge, in July 2017. Are the changes we’ve made enough? Are there too many? The Route du Rhum will confirm our decisions.”

From now until 4 November, the MACIF trimaran will be taken out regularly to confirm some of the systems and François Gabart will also be taking part in two training sessions organized by the Finistère offshore racing centre along with the Gitana, Banque Populaire and Sodebo teams. “Taking the boat out to sail can be complicated, so we are going to make sure that every session is worthwhile.”

François Gabart’s record of achievements on board the MACIF trimaran:

2017 Single-handed round the world record in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds Winner of The Bridge, with crew, in 08 days, 00 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds Winner with crew of the ArMen Race USHIP

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

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Celebrations like never before in Guadeloupe for the Olympic Torch, transported via the ocean!

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This Saturday will be etched in the memory for a long time. For the first time in history, the Olympic Torch shone in Guadeloupe. The day began with a majestic arrival aboard the Maxi Banque Populaire XI trimaran which crossed the Atlantic Ocean after leaving Brest on 7th June. It was eagerly awaited on the ACTe Memorial jetty by Tony Estanguet, Chairman of the Paris 2024 organising committee, who had come to attend the Olympic Torch Relay in the West Indies. It then illuminated all Guadeloupe’s many attractions with the Olympic Torch Relay sponsors, Coca-Cola, Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne, who came together to celebrate the magic and values of the Olympic s in an incredibly joyful atmosphere.

A memorable arrival

Today witnessed an adventure that has never before been accomplished since the Olympic Torch Relay exists. On 7 th June in front of thousands of spectators, the Olympic Torch was taken aboard a maxi-trimaran, Maxi Banque Populaire XI, which is currently one of the quickest and highest performance boats, brimming with technology and innovations. It was sailed by Armel Le Cléac’h, the Vendée Globe record holder, and Sébastien Josse, both of whom are renowned skippers. They were accompanied by four legendary ambassadors, all symbols of French excellence, who were able to experience the exceptional adventure of crossing the Atlantic Ocean!

Marie-José Pérec, a triple Olympic gold medallist and a symbol of the success of overseas sportspeople, and Marine Lorphelin, a former Miss France, doctor and ambassador for the Olympic Torch Relay, took their places on the boat with multi-award-winning director Alexis Michalik and two-starred chef Hugo Roellinger. They brought the Olympic Torch to Guadeloupe when they docked early in the morning at the ACTe Memorial, where the sailors celebrate their arrival on the Route du Rhum race every four years. The boat’s arrival gave rise to a particularly warm reunion between its crew and the spectators, who turned out in force, including a special guest, Tony Estanguet, who was there to celebrate this moving moment and take part in the day’s celebrations.

Pride of place for Guadeloupe’s nature and history

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They may become tomorrow’s champions, just like Laura Flessel, the fencing athlete after whom the sports centre in Petit-Bourg is named, to which the Olympic Torch Relay paid a visit. The next part of the journey took place in the Baie des Saintes bay, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, during a spectacular sequence. Back on the main island, the relay headed for Baie-Mahault and the Amédée Detraux velodrome where the celebration cauldron was lit.

Following in Laura Flessel’s footsteps, fencing enjoys the spotlight

Like on each stage, the spotlight was shone on a specific discipline. Today, it was fencing, given that Guadeloupe has contributed to France’s success in this sport. Symbolically, the collective relay organised by the French Federation of Fencing took place at Baie-Mahault in the Palais des Sports Laura Flessel sports complex, with none other than Laura Flessel herself as captain! A former minister, she still is the most successful Frenchwoman in her sport.

This relay recounted each of the stages in a fencing athlete’s career, from their beginnings to Olympic victory, under the watchful gaze of the Chairman of the Paris 2024 organising committee, Tony Estanguet. Among the 23 torchbearers were young foil swordsman Owen Richardson, emerging athlete Ileana Nunes de Sousa Noronha, enthusiast Pierre Elias Nahas and former athlete but now national referee and coach in Petit-Bourg, Marine Horn-Cosaque.

Athletes and members of the general public take it in turns to light up Guadeloupe

In addition to the collective relay, 124 people carried the Olympic Torch throughout the day, including many Guadeloupean celebrities. Indeed, Marie-José Pérec was the first to carry the Olympic Torch on Guadeloupean soil. The spectators were also able to applaud local sportspeople: Paralympic shooter Yann Jacques, triathlete Patrice Palmont, judoka Angelio Courtois and coach Hugo Thelier.

Among famous names from yesteryear were Raymonde Nebot, who was selected for the Olympic Games in Moscow (in 1980) and Los Angeles (in 1984), Christine Arron, a medallist in Athens (in 2004, in the 4 x 100 m relay) and Mickaël Gelabale, a member of the French basketball team in London (in 2012) and Rio (in 2016). It was Véronique Vatran who lit the celebration cauldron in Baie Mahault. This BMX enthusiast is actively involved in developing the sport in Guadeloupe via a number of initiatives.

Like on each stage, dozens of members of the general public also carried the Olympic Torch. They all shared life stories and commitments that are dear to the values of the Olympics. Among them were Frédérique Merlin, a teacher of young people with disabilities who works to prevent dropouts from school and to protect the environment, as well as Nicole Tripoli, who is the chairwoman of an association that supports people suffering from illnesses affecting their immune system (“Lupus Guadeloupe”).

The smiling faces and the infectious joy of Frédérique, Nicole and the other torchbearers contributed to ensuring this was an unforgettable day for everyone who participated. The celebrations will now continue in Martinique. The Maxi Banque Populaire XI trimaran will take to the seas again and head to Fort-de-France with Tony Estanguet on board as well as a new crew made up of overseas sportspeople Laura Flessel, Coralie Balmy, Kéni Pipérol-Dampied and Thomas Debierre. The festivities in the French West Indies will therefore continue, with the assurance of experiencing some more unforgettable moments

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Video: a look aboard MACIF, the giant trimaran designed to shatter world records

  • Elaine Bunting
  • May 3, 2016

Take a look aboard François Gabart's 100ft trimaran MACIF, in which he hopes to break the solo round the world record

François Gabart's 100ft trimaran MACIF

Before he left on his first solo transatlantic race this weekend, French sailor François Gabart allowed us this look aboard his 100ft/31m trimaran MACIF.

Designed by VPLP, MACIF has been built for the 33-year-old Gabart to race in events such as the solo The Transat bakerly from Plymouth to New York and to try to break the solo round the world record. Gabart, the last winner of the Vendée Globe round the world race, will be attempting the record currently held by Francis Joyon next year.

MACIF is big step forward from early solo multihulls such as Joyon’s IDEC, Ellen MacArthur’s B&Q and Thomas Coville’s Sodebo, as our video shows.

MACIF is wider and heavier, with more righting moment.

For example, while the original Sodebo was the same length, but was 16.5m wide, displaced around 11 tonnes with upwind/downwind sail area of 350/520sqm, the new MACIF is 21m across, weighs 14.5 tonnes and has sail areas of 430/650sqm.

MACIF has a huge rotating wingmast that be canted to windward to generate more power while reducing the downward force on the leeward float.

Halyards and controls abaft the wingmast

Halyards and controls abaft the wingmast

The boat also has a retractable V-shaped foil in each float and the pitch can be adjusted manually (automatic ride correction is banned in this case – but more of that later).

MACIF represents a departure in how these multihulls are being sailed. Gabart has both steering positions inside a cabin, in an area that encompasses winches and grinders. This area looks something like a ship’s bridge and abaft this is cuddy cabin on the same level with a bunk for him, a seat and nav area.

One of two wheels, and winches set on the aft beam of MACIF

One of two wheels, and winches set on the aft beam of MACIF

This means that Gabart can rest or navigate and yet be two steps away from vital controls. Most of his food and tools are stored here too for a shortish race such as The Transat (8-10 days) so he will have little need to go inside the main hull.

Gabart says he will spend “95% of my time” inside this very sheltered area. The furling headsails and main can be controlled from here and he will have to go outside only to hoist or take down the larger headsails. For this he must slow the boat.

Now that these trimarans can do sustained speeds of 40 knots, the solo sailors need safe shelter and must be very cautious outside it.

There is always a risk of capsize, especially in volatile conditions, for example following the passage of a cold front. The mainsheet is on a hydraulic release ram which can be controlled with a line leading to Gabart’s pipe cot – it is the small blue line in the photo below.

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When he’s resting, sheets can be also lead back to cam cleats in the doorway of his cabin so that with one flick from his lying position they can be released. There are also cam cleats on the top of the grinder pedestals, which you can see in the video.

Between the cams there is pin which is activated by the boat’s Upside Up system, an electronic system that allows the skipper to set the maximum heel angle or pitch angle. If the boat exceeds the set limit the pin is pushed up, forcing the sheet out of the cleat and releasing the line.

One of two grinder pedestals on MACIF. Note the cam cleats which can be released by the 'Upside Up' system

One of two grinder pedestals on MACIF. Note the cam cleats which can be released by the ‘Upside Up’ system

Gabart admits that on his first solo race he is “out of his comfort zone” but the lessons learned in tackling a succession of weather systems will be invaluable.

He believes that he is on the cusp of a major revolution in solo ocean racing, which will see boats like his flying on foils right the way across the Atlantic, and eventually round the world. “This is huge. There is no reason why these boats cannot fly in five, ten or 20 years and the increase in speed will be huge,” he says.

Forward visibility in the cabin area on MACIF

Forward visibility in the cabin area on MACIF

He firmly believes the automated ‘ride flight’ controls that we are seeing developed in the America’s Cup will come to these multihulls and will be part of the answer. They are currently prohibited, but other teams are pushing for them too.

The number of big trimarans making up the so-called ‘Ultime’ class is going to grow, forming around a new 31m box rule. New boats are also in the pipeline for Edmond de Rothschild/Gitana and Banque Populaire.

Automated systems to aid foiling will be very costly for teams to develop and will push up the price, but the ability to control the rake adjustment of foils and rudders could make foil racing safer and will inevitably come.

“There will be so many things in the next ten years,” says Gabart. “I am lucky. I have just arrived as the revolution has been done and for offshore sailing we have more years to learn how to fly. This is just the start.”

Wave piercing bows - the tarboard float

Wave piercing bows – MACIF’s starboard float

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