Justice authorizes François Gabart to participate in the Route du rhum, his lawyer is delighted

In the world of sailing, this is certainly not the end of the showdown, but there is progress for François Gabart. The French navigator received a first green light from justice yesterday (Thursday July 21) to participate in the Route du Rhum. A participation that the Ultim’ Class, which represents sailors and owners of maxi trimarans, has so far refused him. They consider the 39-year-old skipper’s new boat “non-compliant” because it is dangerous. François Gabart has in fact installed his cockpit in the hull of the ship and not on the deck, which makes the trimaran more aerodynamic. But on the other hand, the sailor has no direct view of the outside when maneuvering. Except that the ‘Class’ Ultim was based on documents that the courts have challenged and the court is now enjoining it to give the skipper an exemption for the race which will start from Saint-Malo towards Guadeloupe on November 6th. If François Gabart wants to ease tensions with the other sailors (Armel Le Cléac’h, Thomas Coville, Charles Caudrelier…), he also intends to have his boat accepted once and for all by the Ultims, as his lawyer explains. William Vitrich. The Ultim’ Class for its part has not yet decided whether it will appeal. She will speak next Tuesday.

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