Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. Charlie Dalin y Yann Eliès con Apivia, ganan en Clase Imoca.


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© Jean-Louis Carli/Alea

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APIVIA WINS THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE NORMANDIE LE HAVRE IMOCA
10 November 2019 – 01h43

Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès on their 60ft monohull, Apivia, have won the IMOCA class of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre after crossing the line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 00:23:00 (UTC ), 13 days 12 hours 8 minutes and 0 seconds after leaving Le Havre, France – Dalin’s home town – on Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 (UTC)
Apivia covered the theoretical course of 4,350 miles at an average speed of 13.42 knots, but actually sailed 5,061.85 miles at an average speed of 15.62 knots.
Despite the far less sympathetic conditions for this edition, they were only four hours outside the record set by Jean-Pierre Dick and Dalin’s co-skipper this year, Yann Eliès, (13 days 7 hours 36 minutes and 46 seconds).
Eliès, 45, joins elite company with his third victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, and retains his title having won the IMOCA in 2017. He won on a different platform, the Multi50 in 2013. It was his sixth edition overall.
Read Charlie Dalin’s first analysis here– “We have 20% of boat speed and maybe more to come.”
And listen to it here.
For the 35-year-old Dalin, the victory will be even sweeter. Born and raised on the waters around Le Havre, it quite possible that one of the thousands of young children introduced to an optimist by the Normandy Sailing League in the ten days before the start will go on to emulate him.
Apivia was not the great favourite, but some smart pundits favoured them pointing out they were a proven team having finished third together in the IMOCA in 2015 – Dalin’s only previous Transat Jacques Vabre. They were quietly confident at the start and they had one of only five latest generation foilers on the start line. The only thing against them was that they launched it in August and Charal had a year more to get to know their knew steed.
After a cautious start, Apiviawere part of big pack in the Channel, all pushing hard. As they passed the first depression, they tacked south with a group led by Initiatives-Cœur. Charal took the lead but hesitated and adjusted course at Cape Finisterre, while a group of five IMOCA, including Hugo Boss, invested heavily in the west. The dividend they were looking for was completely lost in the inflation of a ridge of high pressure bubbling up four days later.
On October 30 at 19:00 UTC, Apivia took the lead of the race among the southern group. Upwind, the Verdier-designed boat, seemed to be very fast and dug out a small lead at the approach to the high-pressure ridge around Gibraltar. On November 1, at the end of the morning, Apiviasent an incredible video. It showed the black hunter, Charal, rolling flying over the top of them, apparently three knots faster in the light conditions that the Charalis particularly fond of. It was confident and generous to send the video, but did it show the vulnerability of Apivia at the entry to the northeast trade winds?
Charal had seized the lead and seemed to be remorselessly extending it. Apivia’s position seemed precarious as they entered the Doldrums with 11th Hour Racinghaving chased them down in the trade winds and drawn almost level.
But the Doldrums changed everything. Charal’s lead peaked at 120 miles on November 5 at 11:00 (UTC). Nobody could imagine at this time the worst-case scenario waiting for the black foiler. Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès had the intuition and knowledge to shift 50 miles to the east. They were barely stopped as Charalstalled for days. Apivia emerged on November 7, already making 15 knots. The second-placed boat was no longer Charal but Banque Populaire,225 miles behind. The Doldrums had cost Charalover 400 miles.
After that the only boat that could prevent their victory were the fishing boats off the coast of north-east Brazil. Just 72 miles from the line, Dalin said it was not their style to announce their victory and that they were still in “Transatlantic mode” enjoying beautiful day’s sailing on smooth water. Nothing was being taken for granted but for the last 1,000 miles they were literally coasting to victory.

Alinghi se proclama campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2019.





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Alinghi se proclama campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2019

El equipo suizo logra el título 2019 del GC32 Racing Tour tras lograr una contundente victoria en la GC32 Oman Cup, quinta y última prueba del circuito de catamaranes voladores GC32. Alinghi rubrica así una temporada impecable, añadiendo el título absoluto al de campeón del mundo de GC32 conseguido el pasado mes de junio en aguas de Lagos, Portugal.

La flota del GC32 Racing Tour 2019 llegaba a la última cita de la temporada con un emocionante empate al frente de la provisional. El título se decidiría a una sola carta en aguas de Omán entre el Alinghi patroneado por Arnaud Psarofaghis y el Oman Air patroneado por Adam Minoprio, que pugnaba por la victoria como equipo local. El que quedara por delante en la clasificación del evento se llevaría la gloria.

Después de tres días de competición y 14 parciales en los casilleros de todos los equipos, la jornada final resultó dramática. La previsión de viento duro y olas excesivas para la competición sobre foils obligaba al director de regata Stuart Childerley a adelantar la primera salida del día desde las 13:00h programadas a las 10:00h, aunque las condiciones no permitirían iniciar las hostilidades hasta una hora más tarde.

Alinghi llegaba con una ventaja de cinco puntos sobre su inmediato perseguidor, el Zoulou de Erik Maris, con Oman Air a diez puntos, una distancia considerable pero matemáticamente salvable para el equipo omaní. Pero la tensión no benefició a los locales, que colisionaban con Zoulou en la primera ceñida de la primera manga del día, resultando en la retirada del equipo francés y la pérdida de dos importantes parciales para Oman Air. Los de Minoprio regresaban para la tercera del día, que ganaban, pero de poco les serviría. Las condiciones impedirían realizar las dos últimas pruebas del campeonato. Calculadora en mano, Alinghi ya había conseguido el título después de la segunda manga.

“Estoy muy contento por terminar así la temporada”, confesaba ya en tierra el timonel de Alinghi, Arnaud Psarofaghis. “Hemos mantenido una bonita lucha con Oman Air durante todo el año, y los equipos de mitad de la tabla también han mejorado mucho. La próxima temporada va a resultar muy interesante”.

En opinión de Pierre-Yves Jorand, director de equipo de Alinghi: “Este año hemos logrado alcanzar nuestros objetivos. No ha sido cuestión de suerte, sino porque contamos con una fantástica tripulación y un espectacular equipo de tierra. Esto es fruto de un trabajo en equipo y del enorme apoyo que tenemos en Suiza, pero sobre todo por Ernesto (Bertarelli), quien lleva muchos años apoyándonos. Disfrutamos trabajando juntos, luchando y consiguiendo nuevas metas”.

Una de las claves del éxito de Alinghi es su dilatada experiencia como equipo. El núcleo de la tripulación lleva más de dos décadas compitiendo en multicascos, aunque varios miembros más jóvenes se han incorporado recientemente, como el propio Psarofaghis, el táctico Nicolas Charbonnier, Bryan Mettraux y Timothé Lapauw. “Los veteranos aportan sabiduría y los jóvenes energía y fuerza: esta combinación funciona muy bien”, concluye Jorand.

Minoprio se mostró afectado por la colisión entre Oman Air y Zoulou, y no dudó en reconocer su culpa: “Mi intención era colocarme a su popa pero nos acercamos demasiado, arruinando tanto su jornada como la nuestra. Fue una estupidez, no había suficiente espacio y nunca debí haberlo siquiera considerado. La suerte no nos ha sonreído en ningún momento esta semana. Como siempre, Alinghi navegó sin errores, son la referencia y merecieron la victoria. Les felicito”.

Oman Air finalizó cuarto en casa pero subcampeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2019, y Minoprio confía en regresar en 2020 para mejorar ese resultado. “Es el mejor circuito que hay. Los barcos son extremadamente rápidos y como equipo se disfruta mucho”.

Erik Maris, armador del Zoulou, está familiarizado con la competición no sólo a vela, sino también con automovilismo en circuito. Sabe que los incidentes son parte del deporte de alto nivel. “Hasta Adam comete errores, ¡así que la próxima vez que yo cometa uno estaremos empatados!”, reflexionaba filosófico el francés.

Al quedar fuera de competición, el Zoulou recibió una puntuación equivalente a la media de sus resultados, finalizando segundo absoluto de la GC32 Oman Cup, a 9,1 puntos de Alinghi y 7,9 por delante de Red Bull Sailing Team. A modo de consolación, Zoulou se proclamó campeón 2019 de la clasificación Owner-Driver para equipos timoneados por su armador.

Completó el podio del evento el Red Bull Sailing Team de los austríacos Roman Hagara y Hans-Peter Steinacher. “Hemos progresado bastante a lo largo del año, algo muy satisfactorio después de haber llegado nuevos y unos inicios en los que nos costaba siquiera navegar”, confiesa Hagara. “Pero hemos logrado acercarnos a Alinghi y Oman Air.”

Black Star Sailing Team finalizó quinto en Omán, y su armador Christian Zuerrer se muestra muy satisfecho: “Hemos hecho grandes avances, porque ahora ya conseguimos competir con nuestros rivales, no sólo seguirles”. Su intención de cara a 2020 es continuar con la misma tripulación con la que compitió en la GC32 Oman Cup, incluyendo al timonel neozelandés Chris Steele. Completó la clasificación el estadounidense Argo, en el que compitió el español Manu Weiller.

Christian Scherrer, director del GC32 Racing Tour, despidió el evento y la temporada con palabras de agradecimiento para todos los que lo han hecho posible: “Me gustaría dar las gracias a todos los equipos que han participado en el GC32 Racing Tour 2019, a los miembros de nuestra organización, y a todos los patrocinadores y sedes. Esperamos una exitosa temporada 2020 con equipos actuales y nuevos, y con sedes que anunciaremos en breve

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Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. Gilles Lamiré y Antoine Carpentier con Groupe GCA, ganan en clase Multi 50.


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GROUPE GCA – MILLE ET UN SOURIRES WINS THE TRANSAT JACQUE VABRE NORMANDIE LE HAVRE MULTI50
08 November 2019 – 05h40

Gilles Lamiré and Antoine Carpentier on their 50ft trimaran, Groupe GCA – Mille et un sourires, have won the 14thedition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre after crossing the line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 04:49:41 (UTC ), 11 days 16 hours 34 minutes and 41 seconds after leaving Le Havre, France on Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 (UTC)
Groupe GCA – Mille et un sourires covered the theoretical course of 4,350 miles at an average speed of 15.50 knots, but actually sailed 4,926 miles at an average speed of 17.56 knots.
As he was leaving Le Havre, Lamiré announced that he was here to win. Groupe GCA – Mille et un sourires was not the bookies favourite for the 14th Route du café. But by buying the old Crêpes Waouh 3, a 2009 VPLP plan with an exceptional track record, this year, the Saint-Malo skipper knew that he now had a boat that matched his ambitions. After six years on the Multi50 circuit, Antoine Carpentier, who is as calm as he is effective and had already pocketed the British Transat in 2016 joined as co-skipper. Already a winner in Salvador de Bahia in the Class40 two years ago, alongside Maxime Sorel, Antoine Carpentier is at ease racing on all platforms inshore or offshore.
After a cautious start from Le Havre, Lamiré and Carpentier were slower in the Channel, letting their competitors race ahead without being left too far behind. Their maximum deficit was 67 miles on October 30 before entering the anticyclonic ridge south of Gibraltar.
Taking advantage of a gap to the east of Solidaires In Peloton – ARSEP,which had until then had a faultless race, they found a more more direct trajectory that saved them many miles and without ever stalling. Hull-to-hull with Primonial, they took the lead on November 1, south of the Canaries, and have never given it up, increasing their advantage with each ranking.
Passing between the islands of Sao Vicente and Santo Antao in Cape Verde, they took advantage of the accelerating winds in the channel without suffering from the wind shadow of the large volcanic islands.
As for the Doldrums, they crossed them in less than 24 hours – a mere formality. Growing in confidence in their boat throughout this Route du café, Lamiré and Carpentier were able to accelerate when necessary and then maintain a high pace with very good averages in the trade winds.
Where others might have looked behind them and covered, this duo were always looking to the finish.
Routed by Christian Dumard, Lamiré and Carpentier had a great race, worthy of their champion trimaran, the most successful in the history of the Multi50 class. Groupe GCA – Mille et un souriresvictory in Salvador de Bahia is its sixth victory in a transatlantic race, including four Route du café

Mini-Transat La Boulangère. François Jambou (865 – Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune) y Ambrogio Beccaria (943 – Geomag), lideres en Prototipos y Serie respectivamente.

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Wednesday, 8 november 2019

The leaders at the midway mark, Ferré excels

François Jambou (865 – Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune) and Ambrogio Beccaria (943 – Geomag), the respective leaders in the Prototype and Production boat category in this 2nd leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019, are at the midway mark in the course between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Le Marin in Martinique after just five days of racing. At the 16:00 UTC position report, they are respectively 1,314.8 and 1,348.1 nautical miles from Le Marin in Martinique.

Though for now, the French and Italian skippers have negotiated the wind shifts in the trades to perfection, this time the head of the fleet will have to deal with a more complicated transition as the zone of rain and storms currently to the North moves westwards and sweeps in on them. In the process, the front runners will likely slow: “They’ll have to be super vigilant so as they don’t get snatched up by this zone and can continue making good their escape via the South. Conditions are likely to be a little more complicated than they have been of late then. Indeed, in a somewhat counterintuitive move, the skippers will have to separate themselves from the the route and the wind angle”, explains Tanguy Leglatin, coach to a number of the Mini skippers at the Lorient Grand Large training cluster. This should really reshuffle the cards for this second leg! Verdict in the coming hours…

Benjamin Ferré excels

It is certainly surprising to see the top 2 production boats making headway just astern of the leader in the prototype category, but there’s another surprise in this story: Benjamin Ferré (902 – Imago Incubateur D’aventures), currently 2nd in the production boat fleet, who has been enjoying a fantastic 2nd leg since the start. “In every Mini-Transat, there are some surprises in store in the second leg, with certain sailors really excelling offshore and feeling more at ease than they thought they would”, explains the coach at Lorient Grand Large, whose been training Benjamin up. “He’s really managing to put what he’s learnt in his preparation into practice in terms of the weather analysis, his performance and also looking after himself”. Though he’s sailing a boat which managed to cream along during the previous edition, this Breton primarily signed up for the adventure… an adventure that might well end on a much sweeter note than he’d imagined.

Seeking liberation!

Though certain sailors are reaping the rewards of their options, others are champing at the bit, as is doubtless the case for Matthieu Vincent who’s been attempting a N’ly option. The sailor ranked third in the first leg in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and great things were expected of him in this second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Fortunately, Matthieu (947 – L’Occitane En Provence) and the chasing pack to the North are now done with being entangled in the treacly conditions caused by a zone of rain and storms looming over the great circle route. Though this group to the North has got some breeze back and with it some more suitable points of sail, it laments quite a deficit for now.

The current stand-out performers…

Cédric Ohanessian (901 – Entreprendre Pour La Planète) has made a dazzling comeback over recent days, moving up from 52nd to 19th place in the production fleet, all on a single 630-mile tack… Sébastien Liagre (589 – Walaby) hasn’t been dawdling either and today’s he’s lying in 18th place after a stellar S’ly option and just one gybe since the start aboard an old Pogo 2…! Finally, Kévin Bloch (697 – Ensta Bretagne) is also sailing an excellent second leg in 17th place on the first of the older generation production Minis.

Messages from the sea

The support boat Yamanja had some news to report earlier about Frédéric Bach (533 – Kirikou): “Fred has lost his titanium spoon causing him major grief with regards eating! He’s had to come up with a replacement tool using a cut-off toothbrush handle and the lens from a spare pair of sunnies. He’s in the process of registering a patent so I’m not sure you’ll be allowed to publish this information!”

Yamanja also gives us the low-down on Jean-René Guilloux (915 – Crédit Agricole 35): “Jean-René has had a recurring problem since the start. He’s having to regularly tighten the screws on his rudder bearing. He’s already had to have another crack at it over the past 48 hours, but he’s envisaging another ‘return to the tunnel’ for another go. As such, we’ve launched onto a parallel course until he manages to successfully complete his repairs”.

Meantime, Gloanec has been in VHF contact with Adrien Bernard (896 – Mini Yak) who’s having a few technical issues: “All’s well aboard. He got into a pickle on the first night and has since had no navigation lights. The emergency lights are also out of action and his baby stay has broken.”

Finally, Aloha gives us a picture postcard of the sea state and the skies on zone: “We hit our first small squalls last night, nothing too nasty yet but the skies have clouded over. The sea is still a bit rough with a few white horses under the squalls. The average wind is between 15 and 19 knots.”

Accessing the Mini-Transat from… Belgium

The Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019 is very happy to boast not one, not two, but three Belgian entries this year, two men, Thibault Raymakers (891- Bel Phenomenal) currently in 33rd position, Albert Lagneaux (882 – Plumeke) in 39th place and Marie-Amélie Lenaerts (833 – Team BFR Maree Haute Bleue) in the 42nd spot, all of them quite tightly bunched on a N’ly option along the great circle route in the production boat category. We chat to Albert before the race start.

Albert Lagneaux is arguably the most international skipper to compete in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019. Indeed, he is a veritable melting pot of nationalities and though he is racing under the Belgian flag for this race, he actually has a dual French-Belgian nationality but was born and grew up in Spain to an Italo-French mother and a Belgian father, married a German and is completely fluent in French and Spanish! However, he has been living in Brussels for the past 30 years so let’s call him Belgian!

Albert found himself on the start line of his first Mini 6.50 race by pure accident. “I’d done a fair bit of sailing by the time I pulled into the port of Douarnenez in June 2014 where a double-handed race was being run: the Mini Fastnet. A Spanish sailor found himself without his co-skipper at the last minute so I offered my services to the Mini Class who then put us in contact. I knew absolutely nothing about the skipper and had never set foot on a Mini 6.50!” laughs the sailor. “It was crazy and quite the adventure. By the time we crossed the finish line I had made up my mind: I was going to sell my yacht and buy a Mini.”

So how easy is it to train for the Mini in Belgium? “It’s very difficult! In practical terms I’ve done very little training due to lack of time. I’m really here in a very amateurish fashion and where other sailors have taken 1 or 2 years to make the start line, I’ve taken 5 years! I took possession of my boat in May 2015 and I’ve been slowly progressing step by step since then. I initially signed up for the training cluster in La Rochelle but never found the time to come along and practise. The boat’s been in Lorient for several years and though there’s a very good training hub there, it was essentially for the excellent infrastructure that I opted for that venue, though I went to the odd training session when I could. The main bulk of my training has been delivery trips and the race qualifiers and I’ve also done all the races on the Mini circuit, including the Mini Fastnet several times and 2 Transgascognes. As such I have modest goals. I want to sail a clean race and get to the other side. That said, I am competitive. I run half marathons and if I’ve got someone next to me I try to do better. At the same time I have a job that absorbs a great deal of my time, along with other activities. Indeed, in my working life I’m a specialist so elsewhere I’m a ‘generalist’. Realistically the top 10 places are not for me then – barring accidents for the others!” he jokes.

So far so good. In the first leg, Albert finished in 52nd position in the production fleet after 11 days, 02 hours, 09 minutes and 49 seconds. “I’m very happy to make the finish! he said on his arrival in the Canaries. I was doubtless much too cautious during the descent of the Portuguese coast and lost 20 places in one night because I didn’t want to break anything. The goal is to make Martinique after all! Together with Marie-Amélie, there were 2 of us Belgians in the middle of the ocean and it was very nice spending 2-3 days alongside one another. I had a ball, the sea was beautiful and I broke virtually nothing.”

The sense of belonging and kinship synonymous with the Mini class is obviously important to the Belgian sailor. “I first experienced the magic of this class in the Mini Fastnet. I love how accessible the class is financially compared to the other larger classes. Equally, it feels like you’re part of a big family in this class. It has an extraordinary spirit. If anyone has an issue, the class rallies together, quite spontaneously, even if you’re Ambrogio (Beccaria) or Tanguy (Bouroullec) hunting down the top spot on the podium, both of whom have offered me advice. It’s really nice. There’s a real sense of solidarity. At sea we’re all competitors, unless someone has a problem in which case you get on the VHF radio and those around you try to help you find a solution. It’s the only class I know where that exists. It’s fabulous!”

The intensity of racing within the Mini class is something Albert is also familiar with in his working life within the emergency services and he believes it is a real bonus to have a background in crisis management for this race. Doubtless anyone who’s ever completed a Mini Transat would agree! This intensity inevitably leaves a certain void and a sense of nostalgia at the end of a race and the Mini Transat in particular, but evidently the race finish is not the end of the road in this regard, it’s a spirit that remains with you for a lifetime and colours your thinking and the way you interact with others. “I’ve done a lot of sailing with a fellow Belgian and very good friend, Jonas Gerckens, and I think he’s racked up the most miles in the history of the Mini. I believe he’s only finished one Mini Transat but he’s participated in several and has done lots of the races on the circuit including Les Sables – Les Acores 3 or 4 times. Though he’s now racing Class 40s, he’s going to be coaching me on the weather before the start of the Mini because he has a better understanding of it and the right tools. He still has a real passion for the Mini and I get the sense that former Mini sailors like him retain a little something special in their relationships with former and modern-day Mini sailors that never leaves them. It’s a bond for life to be Born in Mini!”

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Ranking on Friday 8 November at 16:00 UTC

PROTOTYPE

1- François Jambou (865 – Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune) 1,314.8 miles from the finish
2- Axel Tréhin (945 – Project Rescue Ocean) 95.6 miles behind the leader
3- Tanguy Bouroullec (969 – Cerfrance) 154.3 miles behind the leader

PRODUCTION

1- Ambrogio Beccaria (943 – Geomag) 1,348.1 miles from the finish
2- Benjamin Ferré (902 – Imago Incubateur D’aventures 58.0 miles behind the leader
3- Nicolas D’Estais (905 – Cheminant – Ursuit) 83.1 miles behind the leader

Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. Hugo Boss logra llegar a las islas de Cabo Verde.


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Skippers Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald arrive safely to the Cape Verde Islands onboard HUGO BOSS

This morning (Friday 8th November 2019), shortly after 08:00 UTC, Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald arrived safely into the Cape Verde Islands onboard the HUGO BOSS yacht.

The skippers, who had been racing in the 4,350 mile double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre, France to Salvador, Brazil, were forced to retire from the race when their IMOCA 60 race boat, HUGO BOSS, hit an unknown object submerged in the water.

The incident, which occurred on the morning of Sunday 3rd November – when Thomson and McDonald were just over a third of the way into the race – left the pair with no choice but to detach their 4.5m long keel from the yacht and abandon their attempts to finish what was their debut race onboard the new HUGO BOSS boat.

After cutting the keel free from the boat, the skippers – with support from their technical team based in Gosport on the UK’s south coast – embarked upon an 800 nautical mile journey to the Cape Verde Islands in order to bring themselves, and the boat, to safety.

This morning, Thomson and McDonald were greeted by members of their technical team in Sao Vincente, Cape Verde, and together they brought the yacht safely into port.
Upon arrival, Thomson said: “It was a pretty scary experience for both of us and we’re very pleased to be on dry land safely with the team.

“From here, the next steps are to lift the boat out of the water in order to do a thorough assessment of the damage. We will then bring the boat back to the UK so that we can begin the necessary repair work, with a view to getting back out on the water as soon as possible.

“This is of course a setback, but the team will be doing everything in its power to move swiftly forwards. As for our objective to win the Vendée Globe in 2020-21? Nothing changes. That remains the sole focus of our team”.

Brest Atlantiques, los cuatro Ultim 32/23 ya están en regata. El español Alex Pella a bordo del Actual Leader.



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© Alexis Courcoux // Brest Atlantiques

© Alexis Courcoux // Brest Atlantiques

© Alexis Courcoux // Brest Atlantiques


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Press Release
Brest, Tuesday 5th November 2019

A grand departure for Brest Atlantiques

The four Ultim 32/23 Class trimarans took off on Tuesday 5th November at 11am on the “Brest Atlantiques” race, a new 14,000 mile double-handed race that will take them non-stop to Rio and then Cape Town, before heading back to Brest. After five hours of racing at an average speed of 30 knots, the Trimaran Macif (François Gabart/Gwénolé Gahinet) and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier) are in the lead.

A white and frothing sea, average winds of 28/30 knots, gusts a little below 40, clear skies and a beautiful autumnal light, these were the conditions for the grand departure of the “Brest Atlantiques” today at 11am at the foot of the Chaussée de Sein – the perfect send off for these gigantic trimarans in the Ultimate Class 32/23. The day before, given the harsh weather forecast, the eight sailors involved had announced their intention not to “do anything stupid”, to use the expression of Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), while Yves Le Blevec (Actual Leader) talked of the “skilful balance between safe seafaring and competition”. They kept their word, with all of them setting off near the Western Seine, on the starboard tack under a reduced mainsail and rolled headsails.

This did not prevent them, however, from crossing the 2.5 mile line, from which they set off at nearly 30 knots, which is proof of the power of these 32m by 23m trimarans, before lengthening their stride an hour later once the J3 (small headsail) had been furled. “We’re leaving for a month at sea, there’s no point in breaking everything now, but at the same time, we don’t want to stop, because we all want to go as fast as possible, it’s the eternal dilemma of ocean racing,” were the words of François Gabart (Trimaran Macif) three hours earlier when leaving the Malbert quay. Now it’s the Trimaran Macif up against the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild at the head of the fleet, after four hours racing at an average speed of 30 knots.

The four trimarans should finish between 11pm and midnight with this dreaded Bay of Biscay, before setting upon “a fabulous ride towards Brazil”, to use the expression of Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3) as he was leaving Brest. “Cape Finisterre will already be a big step forward, it’s crazy to think that we’ll be in Spain tonight. Afterwards, it’s going to be a little more relaxing and we’re really going to be able to get into the performance, it’s going to be great,” said Gwénolé Gahinet, while Franck Cammas added: “I can’t wait for tonight! We’ll try to get out unharmed in Cape Finisterre, then we can attack more. »

In the words of the Race Director Jacques Caraës: “The sea was delicate at Chaussée de Sein, so the four boats all set off under mainsail alone. The Trimaran Macif was the most northwards at the very beginning of the race, but after one hour, she unfurled her J3 and flunked towards the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild which, with only two reefs (compared to three for the other three boats), was a little more covered. These departure conditions were in line with the previous day’s briefing, and in 12 hours, the first ones will be at Cape Finisterre. They will have to set up one or two gybes before heading due south, with the route continuing to allow the fastest boats to cross the equator in 4.5 days.”

Patricia Brochard (President of the Ultim Class 32/23): “The departure days are always very moving, there is both tension and a certain sense of liberation; it is rather paradoxical. We know they’re going to have twelve hard hours to start with, with heavy seas and wind, that obviously adds a little to the emotion. So there’s always a bit of a pinch in your heart, but you also have the pleasure of seeing them leave doing what they dream of. It is also a great joy to have these four boats facing each other on this first race just as we really wanted; the fact that we’ve succeeded in doing this event, which is a first in such a short time, is a great satisfaction.”

François Cuillandre, Mayor of Brest, said: “Until now, Brest has been more of a record setting port; we had wanted to get back into ocean racing for some time, so it is a great pleasure and privelege for Brest to see the Brest Atlantiques race set off today. The village here has been extraordinary, it has been extremely busy despite the rainy weather, with many people coming to see these magnificent boats, the most beautiful and fastest in the world, led by extraordinary sailors. I think there will still be many people arriving over the course of the next thirty days.”

Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, Charal marca el ritmo entre los IMOCA 60..


© Team Charal

Fuente info clase IMOCA

Tuesday 5 november 2019
Press Release

IMOCA analysis : Charal setting the pace

It is patently obvious now to everyone that Charal is very fast and is setting an incredible pace at the front of the IMOCA fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Since passing the Cape Verde Islands, when they were tacking alongside Apivia, the double-handed crew aboard Charal has continually accelerated, widening the gap to 120 miles today over their nearest rivals. After nine days of racing, the leaders in the Transat Jacques Vabre are getting ready to enter the Doldrums, the infamous Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone that is so feared by skippers due to the great instability of the weather. Dominic Vittet, weather strategist and router for many sailors, gives us his analysis of the situation on Tuesday 5th November.

Dominic Vittet: “Charal has been able to reap the benefits of having a year more to prepare than the other new generation IMOCAs. We have been able to see that the red and black foiler was not necessarily faster than the others at the start of the race in conditions that were not favourable for the foilers. However, once she was reaching, Charal has been able to extend her lead, in particular over Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès on Apivia between the Cape Verde Islands and the entry point into the Doldrums. We can also see that 11TH HOUR RACING (the former Hugo Boss) sailed by Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry is a notch below them. It can be seen that the modified boats have not really been able to keep up with a well-tuned new foiler. Charal is therefore very fast, but she also sails better downwind in winds that are not too strong, which means she has been able to avoid all the gybes that some others have been forced to carry out.”

Fantastic sailing at very high speed
“Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt will start to feel the effects of the Doldrums today and the pace should slow a little. The Doldrums stretched out quite some way over the past few days, but is expected to shrink in the coming days, which should favour those chasing them. After that, Charal will have to look ahead to the St Helena High, pick up the SE’ly trade winds, which will back easterly and then NE’ly. It will then be full steam ahead again reaching after the Equator in ideal conditions for a high speed run down to Salvador da Bahia. It is likely that the winner in the IMOCA category will cross the finishing line on Friday or Saturday morning.

A strong from the non-foilers
“Some of the IMOCAs without foils have had a very good race, such as Banque Populaire (4th), Corum L’Epargne (8th) and Groupe Apicil (9th), as they have managed to keep up a very steady pace racing ahead of some of the foilers. Jean Le Cam and Damien Seguin, and not forgetting Armel Le Cléac’h know their boats perfectly and are managing to get 100% out of them. Conditions at the start of the race may not have been very favourable for the foilers, but it is nevertheless surprising to see these boats in the Top 10.

What can we learn from this race?
“The race has been very interesting as the skippers do not all have the same goal. Their strategies have therefore been drawn up differently to match their objectives. While Charal wishes to assert herself as the one to beat, confirming that she is the favourite, for some of the others, it has been more about qualifying for the Vendée Globe. Some boats therefore chose the easterly option, in order to make sure they finished the race and scored some valuable points for the IMOCA Globe Series Championship. Some others, like Hugo Boss, Maître CoQ, Bureau Vallée, Malizia 2, Prysmian Group and Advens allowed themselves to head west. That was a brave choice, which may have paid off, as in the end, the leaders in the group that went west are not very far behind. For others, this transatlantic race was a way to allow them to measure up against other boats after the Azimut Challenge (Initiatives Cœur, PRB, MACSF,…). To finish, we should note the excellent performance by Thomas Ruyant and Antoine Koch (Advens for Cybersecurity), who managed to get right back in the race and are now only just thirty miles from Arkea-Paprec.

Brest Atlantiques, comienza la regata oceánica de 14.000 millas sin escalas y con dos tripulantes.

Fuente info Brest Atlantiques

Comunicado de Prensa
Brest, Lunes 4 Noviembre 2019

¡Preparados para una travesía express del Golfo de Vizcaya!

Tras diez días en Brest, los cuatro maxi-trimaranes de la Clase Ultim 32/23 comenzarán mañana martes a las 11 horas la nueva Brest Atlantiques, una regata oceánica de 14.000 millas sin escalas, con dos tripulantes y que pasará por Rio de Janeiro y Ciudad del Cabo. El cruce del golfo de Vizcaya hasta Finisterre promete ser extremadamente rápido, estimándose unas diez horas para el líder.

Cuando hoy lunes los parones llegaron a la última reunión sobre la salida, los rostros de los ocho regatistas, que navegarán en la primera edición de la Brest Atlantiques, eran más serios y concentrados que en días anteriores, prueba de que la salida era inminente. Mañana martes, a las 11 de la mañana, cuatro maxi-trimaranes de la Ultim Class 32/23 saldrán para un largo recorrido de 14.000 millas, o más de la mitad de una vuelta al mundo, que pasará por Rio de Janeiro y Ciudad del Cabo antes de regresar a Brest, donde se espera que los primeros finalicen tras unos treinta días de competición.

A bordo, cuatro tándems impactantes (cada uno acompañado por un periodista encargado de compartir su vida cotidiana), que acumulan 21 vueltas al mundo completas, récords caóticos (vuelta al mundo en solitario, Trofeo Julio Verne…) y victorias en todas las grandes pruebas del planeta, desde la Vendée Globe hasta la Route du Rhum, pasando por la Volvo Ocean Race o la Transat Inglesa.

Los regatistas más experimentados, deberán encontrar el equilibrio perfecto entre el deseo de ir rápido para ponerse en los primeros puestos y la necesidad de cuidar los barcos, ya que las condiciones del primer día de regata parecen difíciles, como explica el director de regata, Jacques Caraës: “En la línea de salida, situada entre el cardenal occidental de la isla de Sein y el barco del Comité de Regatas, Le Rhône, los pronósticos apuntan a un viento medio de norte a noroeste de 24-25 nudos, con ráfagas de viento que pueden llegar a los 35-39 nudos. El aspecto más delicado es la dirección del mar, que les llegará del través y proa. Sin duda será difícil, pero no vamos a enviar a los navegantes a un infierno, sabemos que pueden pasarlo siempre y cuando naveguen como buenos marinos, así que tienen que mantenerse alertas durante las primeras 8-10 horas, hasta doblar el cabo de Finisterre”.

Lo que obviamente pretenden hacer, tal como declaraban en vísperas de su partida: “No vamos a hacer nada estúpido. No debemos olvidar que nos vamos a una maratón, el golfo de Vizcaya es sólo una pequeña fase de 10 horas”, resume Charles Caudrelier, que se une a Franck Cammas en el Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. “Requiere que estemos en cabeza inmediato, eso es lo que hace que sea complejo, pero también muy interesante, y es por eso que hemos estado entrenando durante años”, añade Thomas Coville del Sodebo Ultim, el último maxi-trimarán estrenado con 3 el 18 de marzo, en el que navegará con Jean-Luc Nélias.

Esta travesía del golfo de Vizcaya, en un mar que se irá haciendo cada vez más moderado, debería durar unas diez horas hasta el Cabo Finisterre. Desde ahí, es probable que sea más favorable, ya que los cuatro maxi-trimaranes se beneficiarán de unas condiciones ideales para ir rápido, incluso muy rápido: la ruta actual los lleva al ecuador en…. ¡4 días y medio! “Una vez que salgamos del Golfo, ¡será una fiesta! ” sonríe Yves Le Blévec, patrón de Actual Leader junto al español Alex Pella. François Gabart, con Gwénolé Gahinet en el Trimaran Macif, comentaba que “Las condiciones tras Finisterre serán ciertamente más fáciles, pero no inofensivas, pues navegar a más de 40 nudos de velocidad también requiere tener cuidado y estar muy atentos”.

Declaraciones:

Alex Pella (Leader Actual): “Creo que es un acierto salir mañana, porque las condiciones vuelven a empeorar desde el miércoles. Nuestro barco no es el más rápido, pero las regatas no son solo una cuestión de velocidad, especialmente en esta con tantas millas, donde afrontaremos muchos cambios de condiciones y transiciones. Tengo mucha ilusión y me enorgullece ser uno de los ocho navegantes elegidos para esta gran regata”.

Yves Le Blévec (Leader Actual): “Tendremos condiciones con ángulo y fuerza del viento de 120 grados y 30 nudos respectivamente, en las que nuestros barcos son capaces de ir súper rápidos, pero hay dos parámetros adicionales a tener en cuenta: rachasde hasta 40 nudos y sobre todo un mar agitado. Vamos a empezar con prudencia, salimos para pasar 30 días en el mar, vamos a tener que ser prudentes durante esta pequeña parte del recorrido”.

Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3): “Tendremos que encontrar el siempre delicado equilibrio entre velocidad y seguridad desde el principio, pues no es fácil ralentizar nuestras máquinas. Son barcos grandes capaces de navegar en mares agitados y quizás sea mejor aprender de inmediato que esperar hasta Sudáfrica para tener estas condiciones, prefiero ver el vaso medio lleno”.

Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild): ” Serán condiciones duras, especialmente por el oleaje. Navegaremos rápido con mar de proa y de través, deberemos tomárnoslo con un poco de calma o no llegaremos hasta el final. Ansío la hora de irme, de empezar la regata en este barco, llevo siete meses entrenando y soñando con ello, estoy muy contento”.