Without a sponsor for a year, François Gabart made official on Thursday the arrival of a new partner for his giant flying trimaran project. The French cosmetics group Kresk is joining Gabart for a period of four years.
François Gabart, without a sponsor for a year and launched in the construction of a giant flying trimaran, now has a new partner: the French cosmetics group Kresk, which has bought the future boat, whose launch is scheduled for 22nd of July.
Gabart, holder of the single-handed round-the-world record (42 days 16 hours), and Didier Tabary, president and founder of the Kresk holding company, which notably owns the SVR cosmetics brands and Lazartigue hair products, formalized their partnership on Thursday. four years.
“This project is the one I was dreaming of, somewhere. It’s super exciting to get on this project, on this boat with in addition to super ambitious sporting objectives, a Transat Jacques Vabre in a few months, it’s great let it go so quickly, “Gabart said to AFP.
Tabary wanted to become an actor in the world of sailing
The boat, whose floats and mast will be blue and the sails black, will bear the name “SVR-Lazartigue”. The construction of this maxi-multihull of the elitist Ultim class, (32m long and 23m wide) with a mast culminating at 35m, equipped with foils (lateral appendages allowing the sailboat to fly), was initiated in March 2018 with Macif, then Gabart’s partner.
In June 2020, the insurance group decided to end its collaboration with the navigator, prime contractor for the new Ultim via its company Mer Concept, in Concarneau. The future boat was therefore for sale (between 10 to 12 million euros according to estimates) and Gabart worked to find a buyer for a year, in the midst of the economic crisis linked to Covid-19.
“I am called upon fairly regularly by players in the world of sailing or other sports for that matter, I wanted an exceptional project. This flying boat which can reach incredible speeds on water, cross the Atlantic in 4 days is exceptional “, underlines for his part Didier Tabary, originally from the north of Brittany and passionate about sailing.
The two met for the first time only a month and a half ago. They also agreed on the creation of a foundation around the protection of the oceans. This is a first for the Kresk holding, launched in 2006, which had never yet embarked on either sponsorship or patronage.
Tabary, who sailed from the age of 6 and crossed the Atlantic for the first time last year, had it in his head to be a player in sailing after being invited a few years ago to steer another Ultim, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, which now becomes its competitor.