• Cape Town Approaches

    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 MACIF and Actual Leader, auguring a long ascent to breathtaking Brest. Sodebo Ultim 3 is going to stop to evaluate the damage resulting from the loss of the rear of its starboard float.

    During a session organized by his team on Tuesday, François Gabart summed up the general feeling that animates all observers of "Brest Atlantiques": "The four boats live a scenario rather new, very tight after more than fifteen days of racing. It is a pleasant surprise to see us all in competition mode at this stage of the race. " With 216 miles behind only between the first, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, and the fourth Sodebo Ultim 3, Wednesday at 16h, after more than 8000 miles traveled, the race actually offers a scenario that few imagined initially Brest on November 5th, convinced that large differences would separate each other in Cape Town, the second and last mark of course.

    Finally, it is in a handful of hours that will be the differences at the foot of Table Mountain, where the leader, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, led by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, is expected Wednesday around 20h. Asked by his media man Yann Riou Wednesday morning, Franck Cammas evoked this approach of Cape Town:"As we arrive from the south, we will go along the coast to Table Mountain, they are quite fantastic landscapes, I hope we can enjoy it, it's always nice to enjoy it in these races where we do not see much land. In addition, Cape Town is a place that everyone likes, it's our case with Charles, we stopped there on the Volvo Ocean Race. There, we hope not to stop there, we will then have a passage at the beginning of the night at Robben Island, before heading north and find a little more lenient latitudes. "


    Second of "Brest Atlantiques", the trimaran MACIF (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet), pointed at 16h 90 miles from the leader, should in turn ride Cape Town towards Robben Island, 3-4 hours later, around midnight, followed in the middle of the night by Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella (Actual Leader) who, to keep in touch with the leading boats at this stage of the race, have certainly benefited from the damages of their competitors - the reliability of their boat was however one of Assets claimed by the skippers from Brest - but also managed to trim their trimaran, never releasing mentally, even when they were more than 500 miles behind the first.

    As for Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias, they should arrive Thursday morning in Cape Town, they planned to put their race in parentheses 1 mile west of the entrance to the South African port, their technical team can then climb aboard Sodebo Ultim 3 then, once docked, look at the rear float, evaluate the damage and possible repairs, as explained Wednesday Thomas Covlile in a video sent by his media man, Martin Keruzoré:"We will update Cape Town on the condition of the boat. Apart from the fact that we lost a piece of float, it remains an intact boat and in super condition, we made sure that it is the case to attack the second part of the course, long and complicated. There, we will check to see if everything is viable. Then we will consider a departure or not Cape Town, we must weigh the pros and cons, carefully study the conditions under which we would leave "


    The bypass of the Saint Helena High has not been easy for Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier who have gagged eight times in all, the last late Tuesday night, to finally point the bows of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to The Cape, which they are distant Wednesday morning about 250 miles and where they are expected at the head of "Brest Atlantiques" around 20h, after a little more than 15 days by sea. The trimaran designed by Guillaume Verdier and the design office the Gitana Team has regained speed this morning (30.5 knots in the last four hours), and if it could be slowed in the coming hours by a small ridge anticyclonic (extension of the St. Helena anticyclone) Stack on the road, the end of the day to Cape Town looks fast.

    Behind, François Gabart and Gwénolé Gahinet, on the trimaran MACIF, second Wednesday 96 miles from the leader, have had only two gybes stalling in the Great South before heading to South Africa, while the Third, Actual Leader, will not have done any! Yves Le Blevec and Alex Pella will have been the big beneficiaries of the Forties, managing to reduce by more than half the gap separating them from the leader (from 392 to 188 miles between Monday and Wednesday mornings). Fourth, Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias, despite the loss of the starboard rudder and then the back of the Sodebo Ultim 3 float, manage to maintain good speeds (25.5 knots over the last four hours), they accuse 255 miles delay on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and should arrive Thursday morning in Cape Town, where their technical team is waiting for them.

    The top three boats should pass at the foot of Table Mountain by night, they will then leave Robben Island, 4 miles north of the great South African metropolis, port side, before attacking the ascent of the South Atlantic , who, according to Christian Dumard, weather consultant of the race management, should probably drive them back to Brazil:"It's going to go downwind along Africa, then there will be a choice between going to Dakar or refocusing to the west. The roads tend to return to Brazil, because even if the road is longer, the Doldrums are thinner than they are in the east and in any case, in the longer term, they will have to the tour of the Azores anticyclone by the west. The road along Africa is more risky, it takes success and bet on a favorable weather system both in the Doldrums and North Atlantic, but it happens that boats choose this option , this was the case of the Multi 70 Maserati in 2018 on the record of the Tea Route between Hong Kong and London. "
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