While the legality of his SVR-Lazartigue trimaran is disputed, François Gabart saw the Paris Court give him authorization to take part in the next Route du Rhum, which will be launched on November 6th.
It’s a court decision that will make people cringe. For many months now, the Ultim class has been at the heart of a battle over the legality of SVR-Lazartigue, François Gabart’s brand new trimaran. Indeed, according to the skipper of Saint-Michel’s rivals, the crux of the problem is that certain maneuvers are not possible without direct visibility, which technically does not comply with special offshore regulations. While a screen linked to a camera seems to solve this problem, a conflict broke out between François Gabart and his rivals Armel Le Cléac’h, Charles Caudrelier and Thomas Coville because of the latter’s desire to take part in the next Route rum. The two camps remaining inflexible, justice was seized and the Judicial Court of Paris expressed itself on this subject this Thursday, deciding in favor of the skipper of SVR-Lazartigue. In the state of the procedure, François Gabart will be able to present himself on November 6 in Saint-Malo at the start of the transatlantic leading to Pointe-à-Pitre.
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In a press release published shortly after the court’s decision, François Gabart did not hide his relief. ” I am relieved of this decision which allows me to focus calmly on training and the competition that awaits us.said the browser. I’m also happy to find the other skippers on the starting line. All these boats together will still allow new memorable races for all the enthusiasts who have shown unfailing support. Owner of the trimaran through the Kresk Group, Didier Tabary called for dialogue between the parties involved in this affair. ” I hope that the dialogue will be able to resume with the Ultim class in a more serene way in order to restore a climate of trust allowing us to prepare for the future. “, said the latter. However, the case could be far from over with a potential appeal from the three protesting sailors. In this case, François Gabart could well be deprived of the Route du Rhum.