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Brest Atlantiques. 40 knots tips for giant trimarans, the Macif Gabart head!

Brest Atlantiques. 40 knots tips for giant trimarans, the Macif Gabart head!

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They do not hang out on the road! Carefully parties Tuesday in a Sea very rough Iroise, the four trimarans engaged in Brest Atlantiques lengthened stride at the same time they let loose the reef in their mainsail and unfurled the headsails, enjoying angles favorable wind (Northwest) and a sea gradually flattened, suitable for the high speed. Videos sent from the edge of the media men much shaken by this introduction more than tonic are quite impressive, between incessant whistling sheaves of foam and points beyond 40 knots!

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The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier in the pen. In the battle for leadership with Macif. | ALEXIS COURCOUX

Macif and Edmond de Rothschild in close duel

And if the first few hours were rather conservative, so that two of the four boats, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier) and Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella), chose a more dejected road in Bay of Biscay and a passage to the east of the DST (traffic separation zone) of Cape Finisterre, they are now all gone in regatta mode, including fleet head where the trimaran Macif (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet) and Maxi Edmond de Rothschild were not released in the afternoon of Wednesday with almost the same distance and very close to average (28-29 knots).

908,000 swallowed 29 days …

Behind, as they all move off Gibraltar (908 miles covered at all by the Macif Trimaran ranking 16h) Ultim 3 Sodebo (Coville / Jean-Luc Nélias) does not loose ground, pointing to 54,000 leader, while qu’Actual leader, slowed the passage of Cape Finisterre in a small soft zone is pointing to 162 miles.

We started flying last night, there is 40 knots slides, we are leading, it’s cool

“We started flying last night, there is 40 knots slides, we are leading, it’s cool. We managed to not break anything in the Bay of Biscay, to find the right compromise between speed and preservation of the ship “, welcomed Wednesday the day François Gabart.

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In Rio in 7 days?

The rest of the program? The specialist routing Dumard Christian, who works with the race director explains: “They currently end around the Azores by the South in a sea that is smoothed, it’s called making a gullwing then they will jibe, probably at night, between Madeira and the Azores, and make due south road to Rio. “Where the first are expected in about 7 days at sea …

Yves Le Blevec to the bar Actual leader, whose helm is the least protected the four trimarans Ultim. In the attack … | RONAN GLADU-TEAM ACTUAL LEADER

The word of the race director Jacques Caraës: “This morning, the wind was still quite uneven in strength and direction, we saw qu’Actual leader had fallen into a soft fat, but since it is fairly or very fast they make a heading of 220, about 30 knots average. We have not received any calls, proof that the boats and the guys are fine. The next challenge for them is the outbreak of the jibe before heading south. On board, even if the sea is better than row last night, that must shake, they are often not far from the 40 nodes, the media man must cling well in these conditions. And there are probably a lot of fatigue, because they probably did not get much sleep last night and it’s hard to sleep when it shakes like that. “(Source press service)

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