MerConcept was set up in 2006 by François Gabart, originally while he was still a student at INSA.  MerConcept was born from his ambition to pursue a multifaceted, successful career as a professional skipper.

I knew that if I wanted to go solo offshore racing I wanted and needed my own set up.

Above all, the ongoing success of MerConcept is due to the confidence that the MACIF group – his title partner for 10 years -, has given him ensuring that MerConcept   has been developed into one of the most competitive, all encompassing teams in offshore racing.

This is underlined by successes such as the Solitaire du Figaro, on which he finished second in 2010, then winning the Vendée Globe 2012/2013 and the Route du Rhum 2014 on the IMOCA MACIF 60.

MerConcept went from strength to strength in 2013,  when the main partner entrusted the structure with the  creation, management and sailing of a new foil equipped trimaran.

MACIF trusted us with the complete ownership of the trimaran M100 project. We are proud to have made it into a winning project.

Accompanied by an experienced, ambitious team, François Gabart excels at the helm of this revolutionary Ultim. Winners of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 and the Transat Anglaise in 2016, then The Bridge, he went on to smash solo round the world tour record in 2017 (after 42 days 16 hours and 40 minutes).

On the strength of this latest success, MACIF underlined its renewed confidence and commissioned the design of a new, even more ambitious boat : a trimaran, able to fly offshore over very large distances.

That multihull that will be launched in 2021.

At the same time, the MerConcept team is charged with the complete, end-to-end management of Charlie Dalin’s IMOCA project Apivia  for the Vendée Globe 2020, and also the support of the MACIF skippers on the Figaro 3 circuit.

Based in Southern Brittany, just a stone’s throw from the famous Pôle Finistère Course au Large, the company is at the epicentre of the dynamic, flourishing economic, technical and sporting hub which is world renowned.

MerConcept remains resolutely focused on the twin pillars of Innovation and Excellence, participatingin the creation and development of avant-garde concepts, fostering new partnerships and complementary relationships all across the nautical spectrum.

It is in our DNA is to: Imagine, build, develop, and support successful and innovative projects.