• Gitana Legs Out Drheam Cup Victory

    At the end of a race that he will have led from start to finish on the course of the DRHEAM-CUP 1100 (reduced to 750 miles), the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild cut the first this Tuesday, July 20 at 10:30:33 '' the finish line of the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE in La Trinité-sur-Mer. The skippers Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier and their crew (Yann Eliès, Morgan Lagravière, David Boileau, Yann Riou) will have spent 1 day 21 hours 30 minutes and 33 seconds to reach La Trinité-sur-Mer from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin , at 18.64 knots true average speed (848 miles traveled), 16.48 theoretical average over the 750 miles of the circle. Franck Cammas confided in just after crossing the line.


    "Very well. It was a great course, because it was very complete, we had all the conditions and a great fight. Even if there was a gap at the start, we were mostly with our two opponents; last night we weren't far from each other. There were tactical phases, others of pure speed, a lot of reaching in the end, like the second night to go to Rochebonne, which was good because we had not had such fast conditions last year. on the Fastnet. It was not bad to be able to push the boat in these conditions, it is never easy to stay close to 40 knots all the time, as was the case last night, we even made an hour above 40 knots , which is really a lot, we had to keep the balance, it was a nice finish."

    Where did you make the difference on your opponents, and in particular on Sodebo Ultim 3, your dolphin?

    From the first tack at Omonville, we made a little tactical move ashore which worked very well, allowing us to create a little gap and pass Shambles with the current, which was not the case with our pursuers. As a result, they have always been in pursuit of us, while on our side, this small gap has allowed us each time to position ourselves well in relation to the weather phenomena. They had to take a little more risk, especially the last shot yesterday afternoon, with the last ridge to go: we took a little more outside, less risk, Sodebo tried to cut the cheese, but they lost more than 20 miles compared to us.

    Did you have a lot of fun?

    "Yes, downright, we also discovered each other a little more in view of the Jules Verne Trophy, it was important, this DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE has been rich in lessons. It was a technical course in little space, because the Channel and the Irish Sea are ultimately not very large at the scale of our boats, so it allows us to review all the maneuvers that we can do in Ultimate."

    After the Fastnet and the Brest Atlantiques last year, you won the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE, is it important to maintain this dynamic?

    "Yes, we were favorites at the start line, it's always good to be able to achieve. I think Sodebo has made quite a bit of progress this winter, as we expected, it's nice to see the fleet become a bit homogenous. We have made good progress since last year in light winds, Sodebo was much faster than us in these conditions, there we have clearly improved, so we are happy with that."
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