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    Fastnet is (good speed) done!
    Started yesterday from Brest, Charlie Dalin has already reached the northernmost point of the course!
    A small but fruitful first night...
    At around 1am Charlie took the Finistere Department Trophy way-point located 100 miles west of Point Brittany. A first trophy for our skipper Apiva who obviously doesn't plan to stop there!
    He then started the comeback towards Fastnet and was the first to pass it at 16:12! It is with a 45-minute lead on Jeremy Beyou (Charal), that it has now begun the descent to the next mark of the course, the Gallimard way-point located 340 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre.
    So if the first quarter of the course was quick, the next one promises to be, including a front pass announced for tonight!







    Words from the edge 09/05
    WORDS FROM THE BOARD – “The first night was hard”

    Little wind, fog and traffic to watch out for… The first night of racing was not easy for the skippers of the fleet. Damien Seguin, Arnaud Boissieres and Giancarlo Pedote told it in the early morning.

    Damien Seguin (APICIL Group): "I'm off to a good start"

    “I haven't slept much, like the rest of the fleet. The passage of the Finistere Department waypoint took place with a lot of calm. We had to be vigilant, especially since there was a lot of cargo. It was an atypical night with little wind but a lot of mist. This morning, it cleared up a bit and we are waiting for the wind to pick up. I'm pretty happy with my night. Overall, I'm in the right group, well placed. We are waiting for the continuation with the rise of the Fastnet where the wind will increase more and more. So far so good, I've slept 3 to 4 times for 20 minutes!


    Arnaud Boissieres (La Mie Caline): “you can see the dolphins”

    “At daybreak, the lingering mist of the night dissipated. Suddenly, we can see the boats around and the dolphins! The night was long and difficult. I found myself sailing upwind for 4 hours to pass the mark (Trophee Departement Finistere). There, the boat moves forward on its own, which is conducive to trying to do a 'mini dodo'. All is well on board: I am having fun with this marvelous boat! ?


    Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group): “we quickly find our automatisms”

    “The conditions to come will be winds from the South-West which will increase, in particular up to the Fastnet. It will involve sail changes. You will have to position yourself well to leave the DST of the Fastnet to port and pass the Fastnet. There, we are preparing for a big edge of speed. The first night was hard because the wind kept moving. I hardly slept. I slept for about 20 minutes and came back on deck because I want to catch up with Nico (Lunven) who took me a few miles in the soft phase. In any case, I made a good approach to the 'way point'. We quickly find our automatisms, I have great feelings and it's nice to find the 'solo'! "
    Benjamin Ferre (Benjamin sends the glitch):

    "It's party time aboard Theophile!" This first night was exhausting to say the least. Like what, in a mini or an IMOCA, the calm is not joy! I made a big mistake with my spinnaker which really burned me from the start and caused me to lose the bunch of boats I was in… but I'm learning! “A successful maneuver is a carefree maneuver” repeats Jean le Cam to me… well there is still a bit of work to do! I'm super happy to be at sea and I don't forget that the goal is to finish the race. ?



    Nicolas Lunven (Popular Bank):

    “Fabulous start yesterday, with a bit of wind and bright sunshine! Things were well organized! The wind picked up nicely, moving away from the coast and then easing off in the evening. The night was soft, with shifts in the wind, not easy to get around the Department Finistere waypoint! I'm pretty happy with what I did and I did well. Since this morning, the wind has gradually returned from the south-westerly sector. I was able to rest a bit and snack. The next few hours promise to be sporty for climbing to the Fastnet and I'm starting to see the foilers at the AIS melting down on me.... I'm going to have to stay calm! ?

    Flash news 09/05
    Large gennaker hook problem for Manuel Cousin

    While sailing downwind some sixty miles west of the DTS at Ouessant, Manuel Cousin was faced with problems with a large gennaker hook. The skipper of Groupe Setin, who is doing everything to solve his problem, is currently posting a very dejected trajectory but will resume his normal course as soon as possible.
    Words from the edge 09/05
    WORDS FROM THE BOARD – “The first night was hard”



    Little wind, fog and traffic to watch out for… The first night of racing was not easy for the skippers of the fleet. Damien Seguin, Arnaud Boissieres and Giancarlo Pedote told it in the early morning.


    Damien Seguin (APICIL Group): "I'm off to a good start"

    “I haven't slept much, like the rest of the fleet. The passage of the Finistere Department waypoint took place with a lot of calm. We had to be vigilant, especially since there was a lot of cargo. It was an atypical night with little wind but a lot of mist. This morning, it cleared up a bit and we are waiting for the wind to pick up. I'm pretty happy with my night. Overall, I'm in the right group, well placed. We are waiting for the continuation with the rise of the Fastnet where the wind will increase more and more. So far so good, I've slept 3 to 4 times for 20 minutes!



    Arnaud Boissieres (La Mie C?line): “you can see the dolphins”

    “At daybreak, the lingering mist of the night dissipated. Suddenly, we can see the boats around and the dolphins! The night was long and difficult. I found myself sailing upwind for 4 hours to pass the mark (Trophee Department Finistere). There, the boat moves forward on its own, which is conducive to trying to do a 'mini dodo'. All is well on board: I am having fun with this marvelous boat! ?



    Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group): “we quickly find our automatisms”

    “The conditions to come will be winds from the South-West which will increase, in particular up to the Fastnet. It will involve sail changes. You will have to position yourself well to leave the DST of the Fastnet to port and pass the Fastnet. There, we are preparing for a big edge of speed. The first night was hard because the wind kept moving. I hardly slept. I slept for about 20 minutes and came back on deck because I want to catch up with Nico (Lunven) who took me a few miles in the soft phase. In any case, I made a good approach to the 'way point'. We quickly find our automatisms, I have great feelings and it's nice to find the 'solo'! ?



    Benjamin Ferr? (Benjamin sends the glitch):

    "It's party time aboard Theophile!" This first night was exhausting to say the least. Like what, in a mini or an IMOCA, the calm is not joy! I made a big mistake with my spinnaker which really burned me from the start and caused me to lose the bunch of boats I was in… but I'm learning! “A successful maneuver is a carefree maneuver” repeats Jean le Cam to me… well there is still a bit of work to do! I'm super happy to be at sea and I don't forget that the goal is to finish the race. ?



    Nicolas Lunven (Popular Bank):

    “Fabulous start yesterday, with a bit of wind and bright sunshine! Things were well organized! The wind picked up nicely, moving away from the coast and then easing off in the evening. The night was soft, with shifts in the wind, not easy to get around the Department Finistere waypoint! I'm pretty happy with what I did and I did well. Since this morning, the wind has gradually returned from the south-westerly sector. I was able to rest a bit and snack. The next few hours promise to be sporty for climbing to the Fastnet and I'm starting to see the foilers at the AIS melting down on me.... I'm going to have to stay calm! ?


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