• Brest By Dec 4th Target For Maxi Edmond de Rothschild


    Now less than 2000 miles from the arrival of "Brest Atlantiques", the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is launched in a race against the clock to arrive as quickly as possible to the Azores and then make direct route to Brest. Behind, the end of course is strategic for trimaran MACIF and Actual Leader.

    Passed this Saturday afternoon under 2000 miles separating them from Brest, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, if they now have a comfortable lead over their pursuers (576 miles on the trimaran MACIF, 728 on Actual Leader at 16h), n ' do not lift the foot. The reason ? It is explained by Franck Cammas, in a video shot by the media man of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Yann Riou:"We are on a road between Cape Verde and the Azores, with a crossing point that we are aiming for in two days. The challenge is to reach this crossing point as quickly as possible to catch a front with favorable winds to go to Brest. If we arrive too late, we will have to do with what is behind, which will be much less simple for the boat and the crew. So we do everything to move as fast as possible in conditions that are unfortunately light, it is best to use this small flow of wind. "

    Indeed, in his ascent to the Azores, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was slowed down part of the day on Saturday in a zone of not very strong winds, which prevented him from going as fast as the skippers did not. expected (22.8 knots average between 12h and 16h rankings). If he manages to reach his crossing point to the Azores in time, namely Monday, he should be able to finish quickly "Brest Atlantiques" and arrive in the morning of Wednesday, December 4, otherwise, he he will have to wait a few more hours, in more complicated weather conditions, before touching the ground.

    Behind, the MACIF trimaran (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet) and Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella) crossed without difficulty the Doldrums which, in the night of Friday to Saturday, was already in the transom of the first, as François Gabart told the media man Jérémie Eloy: "The end of yesterday was not very fast, there was little wind and a sea chaotic enough, it was difficult to to advance because we were stopped by the waves. On the other hand, we did not have any very violent phenomena, except for a bit strong with 22 knots, this Doldrums will on average have not been dangerous and rather easy to manage. We went out around 2-3 o'clock in the morning. "Actual Leader a few hours later, in the morning of Saturday, now 150 miles behind the trimaran MACIF.

    The continuation and end of the program for the two trimarans, expected, with regard to current routes, next Friday and Saturday in Brest? "It will be necessary to make speed and especially to choose the options, replies François Gabart. The strategic game is quite open for us, not really compared to Gitana who seems to have a fairly simple and favorable situation, but more with Actual, it's going to be quite complex, we have a lot of possibilities on the North Atlantic. " And so the game until the end ...

    The day after their passage from the equator, the MACIF trimaran (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet) and Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella) finish Saturday morning with a Doldrums that will not have slowed them too much, the four skippers are now scrutinizing the evolution of the weather in the North Atlantic to know what (last) sauce they will be eaten. "The situation is not yet fixed, we are thoroughly to try to be in the right and return as soon as possible on Brest," said Friday evening Francois Gabart.

    In the Saturday morning standings, 90 miles separate the two boats, lined up one behind the other and heading towards Cape Verde, 500 miles north. An archipelago that Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, still in the lead with 604 miles ahead of the MACIF trimaran on Saturday morning, left to starboard Friday night, the goal of Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier is still to advance as fast possible to the Azores to be at the front of a depression that would take them on a direct route to Brest.

    The leader should cross the Azores Monday, his arrival time on Brest, scheduled from Wednesday, December 4, depending on his ability to hang this depression.

    Since Friday, 11:02, time of the passage of Actual Leader to the equator, the three boats racing on "Brest Atlantiques" have tipped in the northern hemisphere, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild having more than a day ahead of his two pursuers. For the six skippers, one of the priorities of the race is to trim trimarans which, to varying degrees, have been well tested since leaving Brest on 5 November.

    After the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier), first to find the northern hemisphere, at 3:13 am (French time) on the night of Wednesday and Thursday, trimaran MACIF (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet) and Actual Leader ( Yves Le Blevec and Alex Pella) crossed the equator on Friday morning at 8.30 and 11.02 respectively, after exactly 24 days and 2 minutes at sea for the latter.

    As expected, given the respective speed of the boats since Thursday morning, François Gabart and Gwénolé Gahinet have managed to take second place in the night from Thursday to Friday, telling the first, joined during the weekly video session , organized Friday at the House of Brittany, at the foot of the Montparnasse Tower: "I think it was the right option, because when we went in, we had a small delay on Actual Leader, and here we come back just ahead, so we're pretty happy we did that, it was important to try in the situation we were in. "

    In the "opposite camp", Yves Le Blevec, also joined this Friday, has a slightly different reading: "We watched the progress of MACIF, which had made a radically different option, at the end of the day it's pretty much equivalent in terms of options. " Referee neutral in this battle he followed at a distance, Franck Cammas feels about him: " I think it was a success for him (Macif ), because he won a hundred miles on Actual, it's proof that it was an interesting option, even if it was not simple. "

    Still, the two trimarans are still very close to each other when attacking Friday the Doldrums, in which the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild passed like a flower the day before, and that the duel should still last until Brest. Especially at this stage of the race, all trimarans have their share of small sores.

    Thursday, in a vacation organized by his team, François Gabart confided thus, about his VPLP plan: " We will not hide that we had several problems, as on the plan carrying the drift before Rio, which has had quite significant consequences on the speed of the boat. " Relaunched on the subject Friday, the Charentais added: " We had a lot of worries that slowed us down considerably, but now, as I speak, we are almost 95% of the potential of the boat, it's nice, but that's sure it was a big issue during the race. "

    On the side of Actual Leader, Yves Le Blevec, questioned about the state of his trimaran after 24 days at sea, was satisfied: "We have nothing major that handicaps us, the potential of the boat is intact, as it was from Brest more than three weeks ago, " the skipper of La Trinité-sur-Mer and Alex Pella having just had to embark on a cremated matt workshop to repair " the aero sheet on the port side was blocked on the front link of Actual Leader.

    Finally on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, solid leader with Friday at 16h, 544 and 620 miles ahead of his rivals, Franck Cammas was very careful to spare his horse: "Our first priority is to spend in places "Safe" and do not overload the boat. For example, we are not 100% on the attack in sail changes, we try to anticipate and not over-sail the boat, something we could have done the first two weeks. " The strategic goal of Aix and Charles Caudrelier?"The idea is to climb as fast as possible to the Azores to put in front of a front and catch a southerly wind to get to Brest. After that, it will be the highway, but not necessarily a single highway, reaching in 20-25 knots. This would be the ideal scenario. " An ideal scenario would reach the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild December 4 in the morning, after about 29 days of racing ...
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