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  • The 1st 48 Hours On Gitana 17

    Anticyclonic ridge straight ahead and slowdown announced





    Leaving Le Havre on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m., the fleet of giants has just spent two trying days for both the men and the machines. But if this start of the race was clearly marked by the breeze and strong seas - more than 50 knots recorded in the Channel and almost 5 meters yesterday offshore - the openers will come up against a large anticyclonic ridge in the next few months. hours. This real meteorological barrier which stands on the route of the trade winds and the next course mark of Porto Santo, in the Madeira archipelago, will completely modify the rhythm set by the duos since the start. A scenario that Charles Caudrelier described in detail this morning on voice call.







    https://www.voile.banquepopulaire.fr/cartographie/?


    Distanced by almost 70 miles this morning, Charles Caudrelier and Erwan Israel returned to the match perfectly and were, at 5 p.m., in second position, 20 miles from the rear of SVR-Lazartigue, still in command of the fleet. Banque Populaire completes this leading trio, also around twenty miles from the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.

    While the first ULTIMs cruise at the latitude of Cape St Vincent, in the south of Portugal, the mark of 1,000 miles traveled (of the 7,500 on the route) was crossed this Tuesday.



    Charles Caudrelier, Tuesday October 31:

    “The day is breaking and the sea has calmed down, it’s nice. The start was impressive, we were going very, very quickly straight away. We had a few small problems. We quickly resolved them but at the time it was complicated. We quickly got back in contact, the boat was fine. There was a “split” in the fleet as it passed Ouessant. To get inside the DST we had to make lots of tacks and there it was a bit tough because there was a lot of sea and a lot of wind."

    "From the start it's been this: sail changes, reefing, reefing... and the sea to manage! We didn't sleep well, especially yesterday when things were going very quickly, it was sporty. The gap with SVR today? This is the consequence of our time inside the DST but I don’t know if he really wanted to go there. At first the routings took us inside and once we were engaged they took us outside, but it was too late for us. By going where SVR went, there was a real risk. We were afraid there would be no wind. And finally... it passed to our right, it passed to our left and we in the middle there was no more wind. We couldn't do anything. Yesterday, we touched up the wind at the same time as Banque Populaire even though we were further west."

    "Of course, we can always regret this or that choice, but in the end it doesn't do much good. We will say that we have retained our potential success for the next 24 hours which will be important. Indeed, we watch a lot. But there is no evidence. We're all a little aligned and unfortunately it's going to be a little random. It will compress the fleet and I believe that we will all very quickly be very close. Afterwards, will the small lead that the first will have allow him to extricate himself? Frankly, it’s not easy for routers. What is important for us is to come out of this ridge in the right package because then we know that we have a boat that performs well in the trade winds. It’s really a big area with no wind ahead and anyone who can tell you where it’s going to go is very smart."




    "There we recharge the batteries well. The sea is calm and we can sleep because last night it was almost impossible to do so. We lay down but we didn't sleep. We are in good shape with Erwan, we eat well. We have some work to do in the light weather so we will take advantage of it, but nothing that will disturb us too much. We are happy to have come out of the bad weather with a boat in good health. "
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