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Thundering Past The Canaries


  • Thundering Past The Canaries

    For more than 24 hours now, Thomas Coville and his 5 crewmen have been chasing the Route De La Decouverte record. A committed start to the course with in particular a complicated front passage this night and numerous maneuvers on board to get out of windless areas.

    Nicolas Troussel, navigator aboard Sodebo Ultim 3 looks back on this first day of racing:

    “The start was a bit complicated because we had a strong headwind to arrive in the bay of Cadiz, with a lot of manoeuvring, tacking to get to the start line. Just behind it, there was not much water , we had very little space to maneuver. It was therefore necessary to coordinate well and prepare our crossing of the line to take the start. Then, we had to choose sails with fairly strong winds at the start of the course. It went well and it went on very quickly with a lot of maneuvers with the wind coming in."

    "We then had a somewhat complicated front passage last night, at the start of the night, because there was a lot of variation in the wind from very strong to weaker. We had 30 knots in the front passage. Then, the objective was to restart after the front, to finally find a cruising speed close to 30-40 knots."

    "Since then it has been working fine. The night was cloudy and then it was discovered. At the moment we are in a squally pattern with clouds, rain and sunny spells at other times and the wind is very unstable. The sea is not easy, it is short. We will pass the Canaries in the middle of the day and then we will try to negotiate the vents of the islands well."

    "The start of the course doesn't necessarily reflect what we came for with downwind conditions, but we'll make up for it at the end! We should experience beautiful days and nights at sea to cross the Atlantic downwind, which is great on these beautiful boats."


    Sodebo Ultim 3 is currently sailing at over 30 knots towards the Canary Islands and should round Gran Canaria in the early afternoon . A strategic moment in this race for the record since it will be necessary to thwart the winds of the archipelago .
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