Route du Rhum. François Gabart wins in court and will be able to participate!

The Paris court has therefore decided. According to shipowner Didier Tabary, SVR Lazartigue has received the green light from the courts to take part in the next Route du Rhum.

“I am delighted with the decision of the Paris court which puts an end to the injustice that the SVR-Lazartigue trimaran team was facing. Millions of enthusiasts will be able to follow the Route du Rhum in optimal conditions and this decision thus marks, and above all, the victory of sporting values. 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.”testifies Didier Tabary, CEO of the KRESK Group and owner of the boat.

I am relieved of this decision which allows me to concentrate calmly on training and the competition that awaits us. 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. comments François Gabart, skipper of the Trimaran SVR-Lazartigue.

A judgment on the procedure

The case between the solo round the world record holder and the Ultim 32/23 Class involved a measurement certificate (of compliance with the regulations) necessary to participate in the Route du Rhum, which the Class refused him.

In the hearing which had tackled the litigation, on June 23, the court had to investigate the case within the strict framework of the summons filed by François Gabart and his sponsor: to obtain the execution of a report of a meeting on February 16 between the members of the Ultim class, the French Sailing Federation and the SVR-Lazartigue team, and order the class to pay damages, in compensation for the damage suffered, valued at €18 million. It should be remembered that the purchase price of the boat by SVR from Macif was €13.75 million (excl. VAT).

These minutes, established after a meeting held in February and rather tense between the parties, had sealed the possibility that the international sailing federation, World Sailing, was seized of the interpretation of the famous rule 3.11 of the OSR (safety rules mentioning the ban on positioning winches below deck).

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The protocol signed also explicitly provided that, if World Sailing’s response (which turned out to be unfavorable) intervened after March 4, the Ultim Class undertook to issue the measurement certificate. The court therefore had to decide on procedure and form rather than substance.

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