François Gabart, the youngest ever IMOCA World Champion
The MACIF skipper and outstanding winner of the most recent Vendée Globe was awarded the title at Lausanne and is the youngest ever sailor to receive the accolade.
The official rankings for the IMOCA class are released every two years based on the results achieved in the events on the official racing schedule for the class, which culminates in a round the world event which happened to be the Vendée Globe 2012/13 this year. During the two-year period François Gabart has notched up a second-place finish in the Europa Warm'Up and a victory in the Transat BtoB, which are part of an unequivocally impressive track record which has seen the sailor and his team enter into the history books of the class. The World Champion title was previously held by Jean-Pierre Dick, the winner of the Barcelona World Race during 2010 and 2011. Speaking at Lausanne François said: "I am pleased and proud. This is significant also for my sponsor, MACIF. We have made a very good progress with the program MACIF 60 and it's the result of hard work of the entire team during these two years. I hope this title will earn extent due to IMOCA new era."At the same ceremony, held at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva with 150 guests in attendance, Sir Keith Mills also officially presented OSM, the company that will now manage the commercial rights for the IMOCA Class and will be responsible for its international projection. Sir Keith Mills said: “We want to attract the best skippers and teams from around the world. By creating a new World Championship circuit and investing in new technologies, we will be able to bring the inspiring stories from the races to fans, young aspiring skippers