• Gybing Up The Namibian Coast

    After their passage in Cape between Wednesday and Thursday, the three trimarans of "Brest Atlantiques" currently at sea - Sodebo Ultim 3 is still in technical stop - began a tedious climb along the Namibian coast in a relatively weak wind. forces them to jibe according to the variations of this one. "The situation is good at the coast during the day, because it gets hot and the wind swings to the coast, while at night, there is less wind so it is better to deviate," says Christian Dumard , weather consultant of the race management.

    For the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier), this weaving session seems to be over, as he set sail north-west, north of a St. Helena high pressure which extends over the entire width of the South Atlantic. His lead over his pursuers has further increased, he counts this Friday at 8h 304 miles ahead of Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella) and 314 on the trimaran MACIF (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet), which are at contact. "Already, it is a little faster than them, especially compared to Actual Leader, but in addition, the wind is a little more favorable in the north, continues Christian Dumard.As the anticyclone moves slowly towards Africa, it creates less regular winds, it's a bit like Gruyère, sometimes there are wind holes, we see it with the speeds of Actual Leader and MACIF which are not very regular. "


    And the weather consultant to add, about these last two: "The question that will arise is how far they will go north, they will have a decision to make this night between continuing to ride along the coast one more day or heading north-west, as did the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild this morning. " It has indeed entered its third Atlantic crossing of" Brest Atlantiques ", heading north-east Brazil and equator " in a wind not very consistent and not very strong " , according to Christian who sees Dumard Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier find the northern hemisphere "November 28" .

    As for Sodebo Ultim 3, while Thomas Coville, Jean-Luc Nélias and Martin Keruzoré enjoyed a warm dinner and a good night's sleep in a cozy bed in Cape Town, the technical team continued to work night on the starboard float, a decision is expected on the continuation of the adventure.

    Joined this Friday at the weekly "Brest Atlantiques", François Gabart told the stopover in Cape Town and the rise of the MACIF trimaran along the Namibian coast.

    The coasts of Namibia. "It's quite impressive, it's a corner that we do not know very well, the map is pretty rough in the corner, we end up alongside the pebbles less than a mile, it's always impressive, it is extraordinarily beautiful, with sand dunes going into the mountains. There are not many people on the beach, it is the desert, however, there are always whales and the world in the water. "

    Stopover in Cape Town."The stopover was shorter than that of Rio, we did not go back to port, we were stopped in front of the port, it was shorter and it was a little less disconnected compared to Rio stopover, we were still in the game. It was quite amazing to see the boats go by, Actual happened when we were stopped, Sodebo arrived when we left. It was special to see the others moving forward while we were at work stopping, but it was essential, both for the performance and for the safety: without detailing too much, because we keep our little secrets during the second stretch of the South Atlantic, the boat was still pretty handicapped in terms of performance, so if only for that, we will quickly catch up with what we lost during the stopover. There was not really a choice. And in terms of safety, it was even more important to stop, it had to be done. The guys in the team did a crazy job, they had just returned from Rio they went back to Cape Town, they do not sleep much more than us, maybe less, and despite everything, they do great work, hyper accurate, without doing any nonsense, without rushing. "

    The regatta with Actual Leader and, later, with Maxi Edmond de Rothschild."It's cool, we're not very far, we saw Actual Leader not very long ago, we still see a small point, we spent this morning, we managed to find the first new wind along the African coast, it's great. In front, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has a little more wind than us at the moment, it is not exactly in the same system, it digs a little, but it is really not very far. We have boats that are able to go very fast, so a few hundred miles, it can only be a few hours and we are at "donf" to not let go! We will try to go as fast as possible, focused on the boat, there are almost two weeks of racing, it can happen so much in two weeks, we must take the days and hours one after the other. And it does not depend only on us, there are things that we do not control, but I have no doubt about the fact that others will navigate well, we just have to get to navigate a little better , it is the objective. "

    The strategy to come. "The bypass of the anticyclone is not simple, the trade wind is not very well established north of the anticyclone, there are plenty of" gybes "to manage, small trajectories, after there can be two options that are outlined before the Doldrums that can have consequences on the approach that can be had from the doldrums. In my head, it's pretty clear, but we still have until Sunday to choose. For the moment, we are concentrating on going along the Namibian coast, trying to escape the clutches of the anticyclone, which is not far away. Sunday morning, it will be necessary to see in the long term, but for the moment, it seems clear. "

    Joined this Friday at the weekly "Brest Atlantiques", Yves Le Blevec told the conditions encountered by Actual Leader along the Namibian coast.

    The African coasts. "We just had a magical edge in front of the beaches of Namibia, we walk along the desert, it's amazing, we are in places where nobody ever comes.

    South Atlantic. "It was really different between the first and the second part of the South Atlantic. The first part was really hard, there was a very hard sea face, all the game was to pull the reins of the boat to prevent it from racing and avoid the stupidity. It was very stressful and even going slowly was hard to master. All the boats have suffered a little. The second part, from Gough Island, the sea was completely smooth, and there, we spent two-three days much faster and easier, a little cool but very pleasant. "

    The duel with the trimaran MACIF. "The fight is a little over, they passed in the late night. This is not totally surprising considering the performance of the boats, but it is always a little annoying to be doubled. But what they say on board is that we lost the battle of MACIF, but we did not lose the war. And I really would not have bet from Brest on the fact of finding myself side by side with MACIF after sixteen days of racing, for us, it's quite extraordinary, it's very good for the race and it puts us an extra sting. We instantly measure the miles earned and miles lost, it's pretty cool and it's a great pleasure to be able to race side by side, the MACIF sail, we still see it in front of us. "

    The strategy to come. "We have a decision to make tonight to know what we will do tomorrow morning, because there are two options that are roughly equivalent in time: one that will go on the road closer to a point of the Equator, which is about the same as that of the descent, and there is a road that goes much further north and allows you to choose later if you go to the equator or we continue along the African coast. We will choose a coherent strategy with the boat. So far, it works and it's really what we put on the top of the pile in the decisions we will take. "

    A word from Alex Pella: "We have a good pace, a very good bunk, a very good sleeping bag that allows us to recover quickly, with a very good cook on board, Ronan Gladu, so we have the energy to rest well on board! "

    Joined this Friday at the weekly "Brest Atlantiques", Charles Caudrelier told the passage of Cape Town and the conditions encountered by the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild along the Namibian coast.

    The passage of Cape. "Cape Town, it reminded me of the editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, beautiful arrivals, lots of emotions, lots of family memories with children, but also meetings, visits ... we had regrets not to stop, but it's like that. And above all, for us, the goal was to find a way to pass without losing too much, because we know very well that Table Mountain cuts the wind and that there is always a very delicate area to pass that worried us, with hyper brutal transitions, you go from 30 knots to 3 knots in 200 meters, then you take 30 knots in 200 meters, it is always dangerous. There were also a lot of fish and nets. "

    The rise of the African coasts."It's new for us all, I think, it's quite special, because we are along a very hot continent with very cold water, it makes us a very bizarre wind. Sometimes we have 20 knots of wind, but it does not move forward, because there is no wind on the surface because of the cold water, and sometimes, we have 20 knots and we're going full blast. So it's complicated, you never know where to go, there are a lot of wind rotations, rib effects, you have to go to the coast during the day, but not at night, it's pretty technical, we "jibe" a lot, it's tiring. And we are stressed by collisions. Tonight, we tapped four-five pieces of I do not know what, so that's what worries us. We can not wait to get away from the coast, which is full of fish. There are also wooden trunks. Tonight, we thought the race was going to stop, we have nothing but it's a miracle. "

    The ability of the boat to fly at different speeds."The boat is flying well. Compared to the others, we have an ability to fly a little earlier, it is an advantage and it also allows us to pass well in the sea. Now, we have stolen less than we wanted because we have had a plane failure which did not allow us to fly before Bahia, we lost a lot when we switched to non-flying mode, it is not at all the same performance. This is new, if we manage to return to Brest, it will be the first time that a boat in flying mode can do as many miles. We are sure that it is the future. At first when they designed the boat, we did not believe it too much, we saw that we were flying on flat water on the America's Cup, but flying in the sea was something else, the Gitana Team. did, proved that it was possible, now everyone will go down that road. "

    The strategy to come."People who are on the ground should not understand why we are going to Brazil while Brest is north. The problem is that there is a windless zone along the African coast that forms a triangle and whose point is towards the west, in general, we try to go to the tip. But to go to the point, it means to lengthen the distance enormously, it's all the dilemma. And it is the most severe attack that can carry our comrades for a moment: they can say to themselves that we have been too far and suddenly, they will cut. And the 300 miles we have, if we go too far in the west, we can lose them and be tied. Now it's good to cut to the east, but after that, you find yourself facing the wind to go up, while in the west, you find yourself looking for depressions with a better angle. This is the difficulty and like the North Atlantic, it is still very far, in six days, we do not know yet what will be the weather. There, for the moment, I think that everyone will have about the same strategy, because there is no wind in the east, everyone will go a little towards the west, but the whole question is how far. It's not easy and the danger for us leaders is to see someone cut. If it's the same road as us, we'll keep our lead if we do not have any damage, but the question is how far. It's not easy and the danger for us leaders is to see someone cut. If it's the same road as us, we'll keep our lead if we do not have any damage, but the question is how far. It's not easy and the danger for us leaders is to see someone cut. If it's the same road as us, we'll keep our lead if we do not have any damage,but if he cuts, he can return. So that's the big question and I do not have the answer. "

    Photo: Yann Riou / PolaRyse / Gitana SA
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