• Smelling The Barn

    The arrival is precise for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild! Having managed to place Monday morning in front of a depression in the Azores, the Ultim trimaran led by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier is now direct route to Brest, where it is expected from the night of Tuesday to Wednesday. Behind, the trimaran MACIF and Actual Leader engage in a battle of every moment.

    Passed this morning in the archipelago of the Azores, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild does not drag on the way, evidenced by the high average speeds that are his since he crossed the islands: 30.5 knots over 4 hours between 8am and 12am, 31.5 knots between 12h and 16h, the snow conditions are obviously ideal for Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier who benefit from a southerly southerly sustained wind of 20 knots allowing them to make from now on a course downwind to the finish line from "Brest Atlantiques", located between Toulinguet Point, in Camaret-sur-Mer, and Pointe Saint-Mathieu, in Plougonvelin.


    Given the speeds displayed by the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, and even if his skippers may be able to lift their foot from here to the tip of Brittany so as not to take reckless risks, they could end up in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, rather than Wednesday morning, after about 28 days and a half of sea. Needless to say, on board, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier must be extremely focused on the smooth running of their trimaran Ultim and on the maritime traffic at the approach of the European coast, they will spend in a few hours the sweetness of the Azores (twenty degrees) to the cold winter of the Bay of Biscay.

    Behind, the heat is still on the agenda for skippers trimaran MACIF (Franois Gabart / Gwnol Gahinet) and Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella) who, as expected, are slowed down heavily since Monday morning by a ridge anticyclonic. Namely a big band without wind that they are forced to cross to go in turn to look for a depression that will allow them, once the tour of the anticyclone made by the west, to head to Brest.

    Fifty miles separate the two boats in the standings of 16h Monday, the gap could be virtually reduced to nothing by Tuesday, which made Gwnol Gahinet Sunday: " It gives a lot of stake on this end of race you'll have to be in good shape and not give up, because it's going to be played out at very little. " After more than a month at sea," Brest Atlantic "could end in match racing between the two Ultim .
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