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      • Brest Atlantiques

      • November 3, 2019

      • Brest

      • Organised by CMM members

      • French
      • Brest Atlantiques
      • As the last French rampart before the Atlantic and America, Brest is used, in particular, to welcoming record starts and arrivals, whether they are made alone or with a crew. It is now offshore racing that is anchored to the Finisterian port. An unparalleled showcase, the harbour will allow Brest, Finistère, Brittany and more to watch the Ultims leave on 3 November for the immense Atlantic, the autumn playground of Actual Leader, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Trimaran MACIF and Sodebo Ultim 3 for a 14,000 mile loop.

        On November 3, 2019 at 1:02 pm, "Brest Atlantiques" will launch the most wonderful oceanic multihulls there are. The 4 Ultims will be gathered to start a 14,000 nautical mile triangular course over the North and South Atlantic: Actual Leader by Yves Le Blevec, Trimaran MACIF by François Gabart, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild by Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, Sodebo Ultim 3 by Thomas Coville.

        The first section of the 5,000 nautical mile course will take the 4 pairs to the Brazilian coast, leaving the Cagarras Islands archipelago in Rio de Janeiro Bay to port as the first mark to be circumvented.

        Up to the latitude of the Azores, there is a high probability of having to face front crossings with headwinds. This will be the first difficulty of the route. Quickly, at the latitude of Cape Verde, the positioning strategy will be crucial to cross the equator, and especially the traps of the "Doldrums", the second obstacle to be well integrated by competitors.

        Then it will be a fast downwind descent over 1000 nautical miles along Brazil between Recife and Cape Frio, which will make it possible to reach the prestigious bay of Rio de Janeiro, sometimes a trap for its calm. This beginning of the descent of the South Atlantic could prove to be a point of tightening, at least a possible slowdown.

        The second section, between Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town, representing more than 3250 nautical miles to cover directly on the South Atlantic crossing, could provide further strategic opportunities between the two continents, America and Africa. The St. Helena High will be the main authorizing force....

        The southbound circumvention of the latter will give competitors the benefit of downwind conditions to reach the second course mark, Robben Island on the outskirts of Cape Town. This may lead to choices of trajectories very south in latitude. These flying boats could then approach islands like Tristan da Cuna and Gough Island at the gates of the forties, on cold waters signifying iceberg drifts.

        After Robben Island off Cape Town, there will remain the third and final section of the course to be negotiated, no less than 7,000 nautical miles needed for the Ultims to reach the old continent at the port of Brest.
        The pairs will have to negotiate once again to bypass the St Helena High and then strategically position themselves to cross the Doldrums and leave the South Atlantic.

        Finally, it will be the last final sprint in the North Atlantic, punctuated by the vagaries of the Azores high... which will be the last judge of the peace, synonymous with delivery. It is at the gates of the city of Le Ponant that the final ranking of this 14,000 nautical mile Atlantic triangle in unprecedented competition will be revealed.



      • Event website (in French)

        Event website (in French)

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