• 2019 Brest Atlantiques Blasts Off

    Posted on 05.11.2019


    The four trimarans of the Ultim 32/23 class took Tuesday, November 5 at 11:00 the departure of "Brest Atlantiques", a new double race of 14 000 miles that will take them non-stop to Rio then Cape Town, before a return to Brest. After five hours of racing at 30 knots average, Trimaran Macif (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet) and Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier) occupied the head of the fleet.

    White and steaming sea, average winds of 28/30 knots, with gusts a little below 40, clear sky and beautiful autumn light, all conditions were met this Tuesday at 11:00 at the foot of the Chaussée de Sein to offer "Brest Atlantiques" a grandiose start, at the height of the gigantic trimarans of the Ultim 32/23 class. The day before, given the strong weather announced, the eight sailors had announced their intention to "do no nonsense" , to use the expression of Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), Yves Le Blevec (Actual Leader) evoking the "wise balance between marine and competition ". They kept their word, all darting near the western Sein, starboard tack under full sail (reduced) and sails before rolled.

    This did not prevent them from crossing the line of 2.5 miles launched at nearly 30 knots, proof of the power of these trimarans 32 meters out of 23, before extending the stride an hour later, once the J3 (small sail from before) unrolled. "We're leaving for a month at sea, it's useless to break everything now, but at the same time, we must not remain stopped, because we all want to go as fast as possible, it's the eternal dilemma of offshore racing " , confided three hours earlier, when leaving the quay Malbert, François Gabart (Trimaran Macif), the fight with Maxi Edmond de Rothschild at the head of the fleet after four hours of sea swallowed 30 knots of average.


    The four trimarans are expected to finish between 23h and midnight with the Bay of Biscay so feared to then afford a "fabulous slip to Brazil," to use the expression of Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3) when leaving Brest. "Cape Finisterre will already be a sacred step, it's crazy to say we'll be in Spain tonight. After, it will be a little more relaxing and we will be able to really get into the performance, it will be great, " said his side Gwénolé Gahinet, Franck Cammas adding, " Highly tonight! We will try to escape unscathed at Cape Finisterre, we can then attack more. "

    The word of the race director, Jacques Caraës: "The sea was delicate at the Chaussée de Sein, the four boats are all gone under mainsail alone. The trimaran Macif was the most northerly in cape at the very beginning of the race, but after an hour, he unrolled his J3 and recalled to Maxi Edmond de Rothschild who, as he has only two laughs ( against three for the other three boats), was a little more clothed. These conditions of departure were consistent with the briefing of the day before, committed and manly, but in 12 hours, the first will be at Cape Finisterre. They will have to rig one or two gybes before spinning full south, the routes continuing to provide a passage from the equator in 4 days and a half for the fastest. "

    Patricia Brochard (president of the Ultim Class 32/23): "These days of departure are always very moving, there is both tension and a form of liberation, it is quite paradoxical. We know that they will have twelve hours hard enough to start with a sea formed and wind, it adds a little to the emotion. So there is a little heartache, but also the pleasure of seeing them go do what they dream, it is also a great joy to have these four boats in confrontation on this first race that we really wanted, the To succeed in this event, which is a great first in such a short time, is a great satisfaction. "

    François Cuillandre, Mayor of Brest and President of Brest Métropole: "Brest was so far rather a port of records, we wanted for some time to reconnect with the race offshore, so it is a great pleasure and a great pride for Brest to see Brest Atlantiques start today. The village here was extraordinary, it was extremely busy despite the rainy weather, with many people coming to see these beautiful, the most beautiful and fastest boats in the world, led by extraordinary sailors, I think there will be still many people arriving in about thirty days. "

    Photos: Yvan Zedda / Brest Atlantiques

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