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    Published on 11-21-2019 03:04 PM
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    The evening of Wednesday then the day of Thursday were animated on the side of Cape which saw passing and / or stop the four trimarans engaged on "Brest Atlantiques". Maxi Edmond de Rothschild opened the ball by leaving Robben Island to port on Wednesday at 20:16, while at night, the trimaran MACIF stopped ...
    Published on 11-20-2019 10:46 AM
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    On Tuesday, François Gabart, Gwénolé Gahinet and Jérémie Eloy were making headway at nearly 30 knots on a course leading to the Cape, the southernmost headland on the African continent, where the Brest Atlantiques’ second course marker is located. During a radio session, the MACIF trimaran’s skipper talked about what the trio had been through since Rio, sailing close-hauled in a very ...
    Published on 11-20-2019 09:45 AM
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    Photo: Martin Keruzoré / Sodebo

    After a little over 15 days of racing, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leader of "Brest Atlantiques" since Rio, is preparing this Wednesday early evening to cross the second and final mark of course, Robben Island, off the coast. Cap. With on his heels the trimaran ...
    Published on 11-19-2019 03:32 PM
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    Posted on 19.11.2019
    Following the damage encountered on the starboard rudder, the last 36 hours were loaded aboard Sodebo Ultim 3. Guided by their team ashore, Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias have been busy with the diagnosis ...
    Published on 11-19-2019 10:29 AM
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    Posted on 19.11.2019
    After two weeks at sea, the fleet of "Brest Atlantiques" has tightened for several hours because of a favorable weather conditions for boats coming from behind that take advantage of the rise of the Saint Helena high pressure to spin straight ahead. , where the leader, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, has chained six gybes. The latter is expected Wednesday night in Cape Town, the second and final mark of course, where the fourth, Sodebo Ultim 3, will stop about ten hours later.

    The big smiles are out on Actual Leader! If Yves Le Blevec and Alex Pella suffered enormously after Rio when they had to face for three days of Dantesque conditions (strong ...
    Published on 11-18-2019 09:31 AM
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    Sodebo To Stop Ii Cape Town

    On the night of Sunday 17 to Monday 18 November, in the middle of the South Atlantic, Sodebo Ultim 3 struck an OFNI (unidentified floating object). Seasoned sailors, Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias quickly stopped the boat to get out of the cockpit and see the damage caused by the shock on the starboard
    Published on 11-17-2019 12:13 PM
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    Posted on 17.11.2019
    Here is the word of the edge sent Sunday, November 18 by Ronan Gladu, media man aboard Actual Leader.

    "Life is always tough on Actual Leader, as we start this third day (or fourth, I do not know!) To fight with this storm in the South Atlantic.We have not seen the sun since Rio it's raining and getting colder as we plunge into the south.We are no longer upwind, the sea is still rotten, but less frequently: the boat is accelerating on "flat" sanction twice worse at the first double inflating ...
    Published on 11-15-2019 10:27 AM
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    After ten days at sea on "Brest Atlantiques", the race was completely revived off Rio, between the stopover of the trimaran MACIF, the turn-around dictated by the prudence of Sodebo Ultim 3, and sailors who all keep the step on the brake so as not to expose their trimarans too much to a choppy sea. The goal of the fleet, led Friday by Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, is to make the round back before recovering within two days conditions ...
    Published on 11-14-2019 01:21 PM
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    Proto: François Jambou-Navigateur-Course au large
    Arrived Thursday 14 November at 18 pm 00 minutes 07 seconds.
    Time elapsed: 12 days 02 hours 27 minutes 07 seconds from Las Palmas, Canary Islands to le Marin Bay, Martinique.

    Published on 11-14-2019 11:17 AM
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    In view of the current weather conditions on zone: a very active depression in the south of Brazil that quickly formed last night and the high of st. Hélène High, Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc ...
    Published on 11-14-2019 10:19 AM
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    Ian Lipinsky and Adrien Hardy, on their 40ft monohull, Crédit Mutuel, have won the Class40 of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 04:36:23 (UTC), 17 days, 16 hours 21 minutes and ...
    Published on 11-13-2019 11:21 AM
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    Photo: Ronan Gladu / Actual Leader

    Posted on 13.11.2019
    Always leader of "Brest Atlantiques" since the stop, Tuesday, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, trimaran MACIF should arrive around 19h (French time) in Rio de Janeiro where he will stop for a change of central hull saffron. Sodebo Ultim 3 is expected about five hours later in the Cagarras Islands, where ...
    Published on 11-12-2019 11:42 AM
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    A race is never over till it’s over as the saying goes. However, it’s hard to imagine how the 2 leaders, François Jambou (965) in the prototype category and Ambrogio Beccaria (943) in the production boat category could let victory slip between their fingers now. With 419.3 miles to go for ...
    Published on 11-12-2019 10:30 AM
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    Posted on 12.11.2019
    Since Tuesday morning, 9:18, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is in Salvador de Bahia where the technical team of Gitana Team is working to repair the central drift. The trimaran MACIF took control of "Brest Atlantiques", but will have to make a technical stop on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro to replace its central hull saffron (loaned by the Team Banque Populaire). Sodebo Ultim 3 should take the opportunity to sit at the controls of the race ahead of Actual Leader. Every Tuesday, Sébastien Josse, a consultant for the race director, returns to the last week of "Brest Atlantiques".

    Let's first mention the departure of "Brest Atlantiques" and this descent into the Bay of Biscay, how did it go for the four trimarans?
    They all sailed like a sailor, leaving with one or two ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 12:42 PM
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    François Jambou (865) in the prototype category and Ambrogio Beccaria (943) in the production boat fleet are still utterly dominating the competition. Earlier this morning, Russian sailor Irina Gracheva (579) and Julien Berthélémé (742) both announced to Race Management that their boats had dismasted. Otherwise, all is well aboard for both skippers, who are still in the race for now. These two dismastings are the first to occur since the start of this 2019 edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère.

    Irina Gracheva

    Julien Berthélémé

    The sailor from the Finistère ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 11:11 AM
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    Finish Photos © Jean-Louis Carli/Alea

    After arriving in the Bay of All Saints on Monday morning to complete his first transatlantic, Britain’s Will Harris, 25, recounted the moment he heard the boat alongside them in the middle of the North Atlantic – Hugo Boss – had hit something and lost their keel.

    “I remember when we got the news that Hugo Boss’s keel was hanging by a thread,” Harris, who was co-skipper to Boris Hermann on Malizia II – Yacht Club de Monaco, which finished twelfth after a surging comeback, said. “When you’re that close it makes it feels more real and it makes you understand the risks. Ten miles further east and that could have been us. It was really bad luck for them.”

    With the pontoons around the Terminal Turistico Nautico da Bahia in Salvador already full of boats and with so many finishers arriving in the bright sunshine and the tranquil waters of one of the biggest bays in the world, it is to forget how hard this race is, the near misses and those who have not made it here. The 14thedition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre has been a lower ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 10:24 AM
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    First break for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, but a stop is scheduled
    After five days of racing on the Brest Atlantiques course, the Doldrums delivered a favourable verdict for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the team was hardly slowed down compared to its rivals. Just after crossing the equator this Sunday at 13.45 GMT, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier had a 163 mile lead over their immediate competitor, trimaran MACIF. However, the two co-skippers will have to make a technical stopover in Salvador de Bahia for repairs to the daggerboard.
    Published on 11-08-2019 04:31 PM
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    By Jessica on 08 Nov. 2019

    While it may have been their turn to be top scoring boat on day three of the GC32 Oman Cup, the maths is not looking great for Oman Air in their fight with Alinghi to become 2019 GC32 Racing Tour champions. Going into the final day tomorrow, whichever teams comes out on top will win the big prize. Currently the local heroes led by Adam Minoprio are 10 points ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 01:04 PM
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    The leaders at the midway mark, Ferré excels

    Ambrogio Beccaria

    François Jambou (865 – Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune) and Ambrogio Beccaria (943 – Geomag), the respective leaders in the Prototype and Production boat category in this 2nd leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019, are at the midway mark in the course between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Le Marin in Martinique after just five days of racing. At the 16:00 UTC position report, they are respectively 1,314.8 and 1,348.1 nautical miles from Le Marin in Martinique.

    François Jambou

    Though for now, the French and Italian skippers have negotiated the wind shifts in the trades to perfection, this ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 12:23 PM
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    Everyone in the trade winds… or almost. Bouroullec in turmoil with technical issues.

    The trio of Jambou, Beccaria, Ferré is continuing its route leaving very little room for tactical error, the whole performance posted at a furious pace (an average of around 10 knots over the past 24 hours). In a favourable trade wind (ENE’ly of 15-20 knots), that is not very stable in terms of position, the slightest error can cost dearly. As such, it’s vital to anticipate the wind shifts as best they can so as to choose the right moment to gybe, which is what the three leaders in this 22nd edition are excelling at. Indeed, it’s easy to imagine that ‘concentration’ and ‘rigour’ are the keywords on board right now…

    Tanguy Bouroullec

    Prototypes: Bouroullec a victim of technical issues, Kremer a model of efficiency, Gendron gambling it all on the south

    In light of the very different headings within the prototype fleet, even for those boats that are fairly close to one another, we can fairly easily deduce that the wind is rather unstable in strength and ...