Intel and French Skipper Francois Gabart Team up For MACIF

Twenty-five world-class sailors from around the world have set off today on a solo 3,000-mile race across the Atlantic Ocean. Competitors include Francois Gabart and his massive new 100-foot trimaran, MACIF.

francois gabart onboard the MACIF
Skipper Francois Gabart will take advantage of Intel’s highest performing mini-computer, a Core i7-based NUC embedded in the hull of the massive new racing trimaran MACIF, which was also designed with the help of Intel Xeon processors.


Gabart is the current world record holder for sailing around the world alone, having won the prestigious Vendee Globe with another boat in 2013.

Intel and Gabart have been collaborating on a technology partnership over the past few years and are expanding the relationship in 2016 with the new MACIF. Gabart will be attempting to set trans-Atlantic sailing records with MACIF during the coming year, following the legendary Transat bakerly between Plymouth, England, and New York City, which started today.

Whats Powering The MACIF

In addition to being designed with the aid of powerful Intel® Xeon®-based servers, the MACIF is outfitted with a specially hardened and waterproof mini-computer, a Core™ i7-based NUC that powers the navigation system and serves as the main “brain” for the boat. A unique binaural immersive audio system for communicating ship-to-shore was also designed by Intel engineers and researchers at Aachen University in Germany, and there are a variety of additional technology enhancements to the boat coming this year.

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