• Almost To The Trade Winds For Macif

    A front then the trade winds



    Dumped and bumpy for two and a half days, the road that borrows the MACIF trimaran already begins to flatten. Located this morning south of Madeira, still at the head of the Route du Rhum, Franšois Gabart has to cross a high pressure front before touching his first trade winds. Soon, MACIF will slide west!
    The point on the race


    Already positioned south of Madeira, this morning, Franšois Gabart is still leading the Route du Rhum after facing two days and a half really hard. In the 7 hour standings, the record holder of the world tour alone was 77 miles ahead of Francis Joyon. Miles conquered yesterday afternoon at the end of a battle of maneuvers that we imagine dantesque.





    "The analogy that comes to me spontaneously is linked to the mountains ," says Thomas Normand, head of the trimaran technical team MACIF. Franšois has finished his ascent on the north side, he has reached the top, and now he has to come down again. ". After a few tens of miles almost downwind, this morning, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran points 150 miles from the first winds of the trade winds that settle at the northern Canary Islands. To join them, it will play fine and strategic.

    The little audio of yesterday shows that it communicates clear, that it is rested, and that it was serene vis-a-vis what it still had to cross.




    At the heart of the MACIF trimaran
    The sound posted yesterday by Franšois allowed the trimaran team Macif to take the pulse of his skipper. "It's almost more revealing than the sensors , notes Thomas Normand, since we can estimate the state of psychological form through the voice. The little audio of yesterday shows that it communicates clear, that it is rested, and that it was serene vis-a-vis what it still had to cross. And then he thinks of others. We know that the sea facts that have occurred to his competitors sadden him. It is important for him that everyone is safe and that they can start the next race . "

    Performances
    A few more hours and the trimaran MACIF will slip into the trade winds to gain speed. Tuesday was "shifty" again, and MACIF struggled in the last 24 hours at 15.9 knots. So, it's 380.8 miles less to go, but there are still 2370 before entering the Pointe-Ó-Pitre dock ...

    You have to be very vigilant, because a lot of things can happen, but Franšois will be able to sleep a little more and release a little pressure.

    The program of the day
    ... including an anticyclonic barrier that we will have to cross today. Between the MACIF trimaran and the Sun Highway, however, there is a zone of low winds of about 150 miles, located just south of Madeira. After the north corridor, places to the blue slopes! "You have to be very vigilant, because a lot of things can happen, but Franšois will be able to sleep a little more and release a little pressure. But not too much: in these moments, worries can also happen very quickly .

    The lighting
    The choice of the trajectory. To pass the high pressure of the day, Franšois will rely on his routing cell, led by Jean-Yves Bernot and in which work Guillaume Combescure and Julien Villion in particular. The key will be to place the jibe in the right place. For this, the earth relies on two weather models, the American and the European, knowing when one is more efficient than the other. But Franšois' feedback is fundamental. By sending back information concerning the atmospheric pressure, the angle and the force of the wind in real time, it provides additional information essential to the performance. "Francois is master of his decisions, he makes his way. For that he takes the info, he checks, and chooses to jibe. He is truly the leader of his choices ╗. It should be noted that the information given by the skipper in the storm is richer: the position and color of each cloud has a meteorological significance. A blue sky of anticyclonic zone is less talkative, suddenly ...
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