• Then There Were Three


    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 for a technical stop before leaving at 10:20, on the heels of Actual Leader. Finally, Sodebo Ultim 3 is docked since 11am.

    It took 15 days 9 hours and 16 minutes of sea Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, after 9161 miles traveled, 24.8 knots of real average, to cross the first Wednesday at 20h16, the mark of Robben Island, off the Cape . A night passage for Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier who still enjoyed the sunset on Table Mountain, the smells of the earth, and especially the fact of not being too arrested in Cape Bay, as entrusted the first: " We went from 30 knots of wind to zero, not even a minute, we wondered when we would get out of it. Finally, we had a wind that came back to the other side and we were able to get out. I think we can stay "tanked" hours and hours in Cape Bay, so we're happy to beout. Now the next waypoint is Brest. "


    A little less than eight hours later, the trimaran MACIF arrived in Cape Town, suspending its race at 3:55 am for a technical stopover, at the cape in front of the South African port, which lasted 6 hours and 25 minutes. Back in the race at 10:20, François Gabart and Gwénolé Gahinet crossed Robben Island in the third place 24 minutes later, 14 hours and 28 minutes after the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, 3 hours and 10 minutes after the Leader News, which came in second, its best place since the departure of Brest on November 5th (Yves Le Blevec and Alex Pella have traveled 390 miles less than Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier on the section Rio-Cape Town).

    In a video sent by the MACIF trimaran media man, Jérémie Eloy, François Gabart came back on this second technical stop, after the Rio stop: " We had a lot of small problems that made the boat complicated to maneuver, we took advantage of the we were passing near the coast to make a small stopover. We arrived right at dawn on Cape Town, the corner is still beautiful, this mountain(Table Mountain)has a certain charisma, but we did not have too much time to do the contemplation, we were more in the concentration to try to chain. The good news is that we leave with a boat that is well. "And the winner of the 2012 Vendée Globe to add, about the rest of the program:"We have two boats to chew in front of us, one that is not very far, the other is a little further. We saw Actual and Sodebo in Cape Town, we'll try to go see Gitana, we'll have to get banged to get them, but we're here for that, we want to play until the end. "

    This is certainly also the case of Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias who, at the moment when the trimaran MACIF took the sea, interrupted their race at 10:30, before going to moor Sodebo Ultim 3 at the foot of a dock located in Alfred Basin, in the port of Cape Town. When asked by Martin Keruzoré on his arrival on the mainland, Thomas Coville explained: "We met MACIF when we arrived, then we went back to the center of Cape Town to check the boat and see if, following the three shocks, we had on our three different rudders, the integrity of the boat was confirmed for the rest of the course. We'll know more tonight and we'll make a decision later. "
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