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The Mad Maxi Race Is ON!


  • The Mad Maxi Race Is ON!

    Rainy start, happy start? The Breton drizzle was part of the game this morning at Lorient La Base when the 4 maxi trimarans left the pontoons to reach the start area of ​​the 24H Ultim located to the east of the island of Groix. And the conditions shouldn't improve over the next 24 hours, giving them a real warm-up for the start of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe: wind, heavy seas, rain… Just that.

    The four competitors in the 24H Ultim set off at 12 noon in around twenty knots of wind and around 2 meters of swell. A weather forecast that will put them in the bath of Rum one month before leaving Saint Malo! It was Charles Caudrelier aboard his Maxi Edmond de Rothschild who got off to the best start of these 445 miles, followed closely by Arthur Le Vaillant (Best) and Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3). Armel Le Cl?ac'h, slightly behind at the start, quickly caught up with the peloton. They are all now heading upwind towards the “BPGO” waypoint, which they should reach around 8 p.m.
    Detail that is not one: the start line of the 24H Ultim is located at an equal distance from the "BPGO" buoy as the start line of the Route du Rhum is from the east of the island of Ouessant (130 nm).

    The Race Direction reserves the right to shift the "Morbihan" buoy (course mark n?3) if the Ultims progress quickly on the course, in order to offer them navigation as close as possible to 24 hours. Competitors will be informed of this a maximum of 60 miles before they pass the “Bretagne” mark (buoy no. 2).

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    They said :

    Gildas Morvan, race director
    “The competitors will have fairly difficult conditions from the start with 20 to 25 knots upwind to reach the first waypoint “BPGO”, then a somewhat sporty reaching leg like a front passage to the point "Bretagne", before a long downwind descent like in the trade winds towards "Morbihan". They will then head towards Lorient again on the reach. We really tried to stick as much as possible to a Route du Rhum configuration to make it a real warm-up. ?

    Arthur Le Vaillant, skipper of Mieux
    “These 24H Ultim will allow me to validate settings and manage my sleep. We must continue to discover this boat, to learn to handle it alone, to make it as reliable as possible. I want to be as harmonious as possible with him. ?

    Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo Ultim 3

    “Today is the opposite exercise to yesterday: we're going from the crew to singlehanded. It's an exercise where we'll sail the boat alone for 24 hours, on a fairly selective course, not only in terms of speed but also in terms of physique. It will be tough, there is wind, it is autumn at the tip of Brittany. On the scale of our boats, the route is rather short but there will be a lot of maneuvers to be carried out. You have to have the path in mind, know when to make an effort, when to go very quickly, when not to make mistakes. Every little mistake will immediately result in a very big gap in distance. This is both the interest and the pressure that this kind of boat puts.
    On our side, we are gaining momentum, we are progressing, we want to push ourselves; I'm leaving focused by measuring the chance of being able to do this race now because we're in perfect timing for the Route du Rhum, I'm really happy. ?

    Armel Le Cl?ac'h, skipper of Maxi Banque Populaire XI

    “Autumn weather awaits us with wind and rain. It's going to be engaged, that's what we came for. This will allow us to get in working order one month before the start of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. The objective is to imagine a dress rehearsal of the first 24 hours of racing, with high intensity. We will surely get little sleep with a lot of maneuvers to do. You will have to be very focused. This is surely what will be served to us during the first hours of the Rhum so it's perfect, it really puts us in the mood. It's also interesting for the whole team, it gives us a timing to respect, a pressure to manage, we'll be happy on Sunday when we've completed this course. ?

    Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
    “It will be 24 intense hours! It's going to be tough with a square course so it involves a lot of changes in direction and wind angles, so sails, plus a little sea. It's a bit like what you can have during a he start of the Route du Rhum is interesting. These aren't daunting conditions, but for us who are alone on these big boats, it's going to be very physical with the many maneuvers that await us.
    It's my first solo race on this type of boat, so it will be a repetition of everything I've learned over the past three years to be ready in a month. I've been waiting impatiently for this for three years, even 25 years, so it's a lot of pleasure to be here and to be at the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, it's an incredible opportunity. I will savor. ?
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