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.)
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.
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.
A video of MACIF, taken before the race.