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A Quad Of Ultim Maxi Madness


  • A Quad Of Ultim Maxi Madness

    The four competitors of the 24H Ultim made the powder talk this Friday during the speed runs! Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Maxi Banque Populaire XI, Mieux and Sodebo Ultim 3 fiercely confronted each other during the three sessions organized in the harbor of Lorient. In the end, Thomas Coville's trimaran won with the record of 42.93 knots over one mile.
    Now it's off to sea with the start of the 24 Hour Ultim tomorrow at 12 noon on a 440-mile course in the Bay of Biscay. After a start in around fifteen knots, the wind should pick up during the day and night to reach 20 to 25 knots. A great opportunity to get these exceptional machines talking one month away from the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe!

    Sodebo Ultim 3, run record

    They left Lorient La Base at the end of the morning in a very light wind but it was short-lived. As the day progressed, the air came in off Lorient, allowing the competing Ultims to express their full power, to the delight of the teams and guests on board! The day's ranking crowns Sodebo Ultim 3, which covered a mile in 1 minute and 28 seconds at 42.93 knots, closely followed by Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (41.93 knots) and Maxi Banque Populaire XI (39.83 knots). ). Better brings up the rear with a speed of 32.15 knots.
    But the skippers also remember a great moment with the guests, a friendly day under the sign of sharing!

    A 440-mile loop for the 24-hour course

    Everyone is now concentrating on tomorrow and the start of the big race. A square of 440 miles in the Bay of Biscay which will lead them to sail at all speeds on long tacks, a great dress rehearsal before the Route du Rhum.
    After having taken the start at 12:00 to the South-East of Groix, the 4 competitors will head due West upwind towards the first virtual point “BPGO”; a very good opportunity to practice tacking in view of leaving the English Channel on November 6th. They will then set off due south reaching towards the second waypoint "Bretagne", then due east towards the third waypoint "Morbihan", this time downwind, before heading towards Lorient, which they should reach on Sunday mid- daytime.
    Each skipper will sail in "false solo", accompanied by a crew member and a mediaman. Under no circumstances should they participate in the maneuvering of the boat throughout the duration of the race.

    They said

    Armel Le Cl?ac'h, skipper of Maxi Banque Populaire XI
    "It was a very nice day with good conditions, the wind picked up as the day went on so our boats went faster and faster over the hours. It must have been nice for the guests to see inside and out what our boats are like. It was truly a fun day for everyone. Now we focus on tomorrow. ?

    Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
    “It was great, we had all the conditions, it was very interesting. And great for the guests, it's short, it goes fast, we make them fly, I think it's a good experience. For us, it's always interesting to compare ourselves to others, even if we weren't all in the same conditions, with different sails and not the same number of guests. In any case, we were on our toes, we fought well with Sodebo Ultim 3.”

    Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo Ultim 3
    “We had a rather long day because we had a small problem during a very windy outing at the beginning of the week, we split a part which is in the middle of the daggerboard well. We were very uncertain about being able to participate in the runs. The whole team mobilized and we were able to participate in the third session. The overall day is therefore very beautiful, very rich, very human. We may remember the time or the speed but I will remember this human state of mind which made this day very beautiful, it delivers the work of a whole group. ?

    Arthur Le Vaillant, skipper of Mieux
    “It was a great day in the Bay of Lorient to measure up to the others. We're going slower, that's for sure, but we weren't that far behind for a boat that's 15 years older, and that allows us to find new settings. I was happy to bring people on board, they are incredible boats when you don't know this type of support, it's nice to share these moments. ?

    The teams:

    Maxi Banque Populaire XI
    Armel Le Cl?ac'h
    Pierre-Emmanuel H?riss?
    S?bastien Josse (mediaman)

    Arthur Le Vaillant
    Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant
    Gauthier Lebec (mediaman)

    Sodebo Ultim 3
    Thomas Coville
    L?onard Legrand
    Martin K?ruzor? (mediaman)

    Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
    Charles Caudrelier
    Morgan Lagravi?re
    Yann Riou (mediaman)
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