Ultimes

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The Ultime class is a grouping of giant multihulls that can range from 21m  to 40m and more. Three Ultime trimarans participated in the Transat. MACIF skippered by François Gabart took line honours in 8 days, 8 hours, and 54 minutes. (At this writing nine boats have reached New York and nine are still racing.)

Trimaran MACIF with New York City in the background.
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 10: MACIF Ultime trimaran. May 10, 2016 on the Hudson River in New York City. (Photo by Lloyd Images)

 

François took a southerly route towards the northwest tip of Spain, and benefited from downwind trade-winds that quickly took MACIF west towards America. See the track below in light blue.

Track of MACIF during the 2016 Transat solo ocean race.
Track of MACIF during the 2016 Transat solo ocean race.

 

These boats are fast! The most direct route is approximately 3,050 – 3,500 nautical miles. However François actually sailed a total distance of 4,634 miles at an average speed of 23.11 knots. He said he was very tired at the end of the race, normally you should have 10-15 crew on these big trimarans. MACIF is 30 m (100 feet), beam of 21 m, and has foils.

Maxi Trimaran Ultime MACIF, skipper Francois Gabart, off Les Glenans, brittany, west France, on march 29, 2016 - Photo Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / MACIF
Trimaran Ultime MACIF, skipper Francois Gabart, off Les Glenans, Brittany, west France, on March 29, 2016 – Photo Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / MACIF


A video of MACIF, taken before the race.

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