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    The Double Handed Transat is currently underway and here are some of the latest dispatches...


    A controlled waterway on board Interaction

    This Monday evening, the race direction of the Double Transat - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy was informed by the brothers Yannig and Erwan Livory of a waterway aboard their Figaro Bénéteau 3 Interaction. The duo was 17th at the damage and flying at 900 miles to the west south west of La Palma. The water leak, which occurred around 7 p.m. (HF), followed the tearing of the water intake from the engine cooling system.

    The two skippers managed to master the waterway in 30 minutes. The boat is now dry and the duo have indicated that they are safe. Interaction is currently operating in very manageable conditions in a north-northeast wind of 13 to 15 knots. In conjunction with the race director, the two men are now looking at technical solutions in order, on the one hand, to permanently master the waterway and, on the other, to be able to implement a water intake solution for the waterway. engine. They indeed need to operate the engine which allows them to produce the energy on board and in particular to be able to retrieve the weather data. Yannig and Erwan Livory are still racing on the road to Saint-Barthélemy.


    Northerners against southerners: "Today, no one can say who will have the last word"!

    The leading group of the Transat en Double - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy split in two. The supporters of the southern route, led by Pierre Leboucher and Thomas Rouxel (GUYOT Environnement - Ruban Rose), are in favor of the classification a short week from the scheduled arrival in Saint-Barthélemy. The proponents of a route further north, however, remain hopeful, relying in particular on the many hazards that may enamel the end of the race. From now on, the duos can no longer backtrack and must make their choices until the end.

    It has now been eleven days since the eighteen duos of the Double Transat - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy took the start of the 15th edition. Despite a demanding race in terms of weather conditions and pace on board, everyone is still racing. The course is far from complete but for their transatlantic baptism of fire, the Figaro Bénéteau 3 seem for the moment to demonstrate a great reliability, and offer a superb confrontation.

    “Two very clear options”

    In the leading group, the split between the supporters of a route to the south (longer but potentially faster) and those of a trajectory to the north (shorter but more uncertain) is now clear and black cohosh. “The two options are very clear,” confirms Corentin Horeau (Brittany - CMB Océane), who left for the south with Élodie Bonafous. “Now everyone has to go in their direction to find themselves at the finish line. Thoroughly, and come what may! " All sailors agree that the dice are thrown and now we must go after its option to keep potentially decisive choice that was made. Having gone north with Alexis Loison, Guillaume Pirouelle (Normandy Region) specifies: “There is no question of crossing the body of water to change options. We are fully focused on keeping our boat running smoothly. " The southern group is extremely compact, when the north is a little scattered. The two fleets will only meet on the outskirts of Saint-Barthélemy. We can already expect very grouped arrivals, perhaps fifteen in less than 24 hours ...

    Everyone believes in their luck

    The supporters of the south have a slight lead for the moment as they benefit from a slightly stronger trade wind. Second in the standings this Monday (score of 5 pm), Tom Laperche (associated with Loïs Berrehar on Bretagne CMB - Performance) is confident for the rest of the events: “We are very happy to be there and happy with our race. I don't really believe in the option of the guys from the north but hey, to see… There is still a very intense little week. We're getting ready for that. " The duos who chose the northern route also remain hopeful. “Today, no one can say who will have the last word. This is the way in which the weather will settle from May 27, which will be the justice of the peace with the repositioning of the Bermuda high and possible fronts dragging on the north of the West Indies as a monitoring point ” , explain Nils Palmieri and Julien Villion (TeamWork), whose strategic analyzes are always instructive. “The race remains open. Being at the forefront in the northern group puts us in an excellent position if the rest evolves favorably.

    “Hazards complicated to manage”

    In offshore racing, uncertainty is omnipresent and the outcome of the Double Transat - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy could well confirm it. "There are still many complicated hazards to manage such as Sargassum, fatigue and many other parameters that will come into play," said Guillaume Pirouelle. Leader with Thomas Rouxel aboard the Figaro Bénéteau 3 GUYOT Environnement - Ruban Rose, Pierre Leboucher is of the same opinion. “At the moment, we are thinking a lot about our option based on Sargassum. However, this parameter is quite complex to understand. "

    Live for the best

    Sailors' minds are busy with this management of uncertainty and the challenges of the (long) end of the race. But their various testimonies also show an intense happiness to be at sea. “It's our last Monday at sea. It's great, it's progressing, we have good conditions. We are where we are! Yesterday we took our first shower, I must say that it is quite pleasant ” , declares for example the happy leader Pierre Leboucher. “The days go by very quickly, strategy occupies our thoughts and the quarters follow one another. Life is good ” , rejoice Fabien Delahaye and Anthony Marchand (Groupe Gilbert).


    THE 5:00 PM CHECK-IN

    GUYOT Environment - Pink Ribbon (Pierre Leboucher / Thomas Rouxel)
    Brittany - CMB Performance (Tom Laperche / Loïs Berrehar) at 3.2 nm
    Breizh Cola (Gildas Mahé / Tom Dolan) at 8.5 nm
    Gilbert Group (Fabien Delahaye / Anthony Marchand) at 13.2 nm
    Let's keep sight (Martin Le Pape / Yann Eliès) at 19.6 nm (Arthur HUBERT / Clément Commagnac) at 20.2 nm
    Teamwork (Nils Palmieri / Julien Villion) at 22.7 nm
    Brittany - CMB Océane (Elodie Bonafous / Corentin Horeau) at 25.1 nm
    CYBELE VACANCES TEAM PLAY TO B (Pep Costa / Will Harris) at 25.5 nm
    Normandy region (Alexis Loison / Guillaume Pirouelle) at 43.1 nm
    BECOME (Violet orange / Alan Roberts) at 52 nm
    Quéguiner - Innovéo (Tanguy Le Turquais / Corentin Douguet) at 61.8 nm
    Skipper Macif (Pierre Quiroga / Erwan Le Draoulec) at 64.1 nm
    (L'égoïste) - Cantina St Barth (Eric Péron / Miguel Danet) at 81.4 nm
    RLC Sailing (Estelle Greck / Laurent Givry) at 95.2 nm
    ERISMA GROUPE SODES - TARA OCEAN Foundation (Jérôme Samuel / Nicolas Salet) at 402.8 nm
    INTERACTION (Yannig Livory / Erwan Livory) at 482.6 nm
    KRISS-LAURE (Nicolas Bertho / Romuald Poirat) at 642.6 nm

    A "seaweed deckchair"

    For several days now, the 18 duos of the Transat en Double - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy have had to deal with a new factor: the Sargassum. For navigation, these brown algae have a much greater impact than one might imagine ...

    Present in quantity in the navigation areas of the duos of the Double Transat, Sargassum are pelagic brown algae, which means that they float on the surface. They thrive in the open sea and do not need to be attached to any rocky or sandy substrate. They have existed for hundreds of years in tropical waters and are found in high concentrations in the Sargasso Sea off the east coast of the United States. For a little less than ten years, current phenomena have caused a detachment of these banks of Sargassum which now move in large numbers on the route of the sailors engaged in the Transat en Double - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy. The causes of these detachments observed in recent years are complex,

    A "forest" in the ocean

    At sea, the banks of Sargassum have a very important ecological role. Algae indeed act like a forest in the open sea: they capture CO2 and serve as a “nursery” for many species as well as a device for concentrating fish. A “raft of sargassum” thus appears to be a refuge for hundreds of marine species: fish, invertebrates, sea turtles, etc. who live there temporarily or permanently.

    For sailors, on the other hand, they can seriously slow their progress when they get stuck in the keel, rudders and foils. The duos of the Transat en Double compete in ingenuity to get rid of the Sargassum.


    One week before the verdict, a slight advantage to the "southerners"

    In a week, we should know the winners of the 15 th edition of the Transat Double - Concarneau - St. Barts. This Monday morning, Pierre Leboucher and Thomas Rouxel ( GUYOT Environnement - Ruban Rose ) are leading the group of supporters of the southern option. The duos who have chosen this longer but also windier route are confident and are in favor of routing. But it is well known: in ocean racing, the risks are always numerous and absolutely nothing is played more than 1200 miles from the finish.

    Among the first fifteen duos, which are held in less than 100 miles, nine chose the southern option and six a route further north. The lateral gap is nearly 300 miles between the northernmost boat ( Skipper Macif ) and the southernmost one ( GUYOT Environnement - Ruban Rose ).

    Two groups, two strategies, two ways of navigating

    Depending on the option chosen, the stakes differ. “ The southern route is well stalled, with more pressure and a more stable trade wind, but potentially more Sargassum and 18% more route compared to northerners. For the latter, the weather forecast is less reliable, they are not in the deep trade winds. This can therefore speed up or slow down the routing, especially in four days when the models see 5 knots on the road, ”summarizes Yann Chateau, deputy of the race director. As we can see, the situation for southerners seems more “comfortable”, but absolutely nothing is guaranteed as ocean racing is a discipline marked by a form of permanent uncertainty.

    “Sargassum everywhere, everywhere, everywhere…”

    The 18 duos deplore it: 2021 is a year for Sargassum, those damn seaweeds which seriously complicate navigation. “ It's slalom between piles of seaweed, it's a bit of rubbish. They are everywhere, everywhere, everywhere ”, underlines Fabien Delahaye ( Gilbert Group ) in a video. Erwan Le Draoulec ( Skipper Macif ) also expresses his annoyance: “ It's a bit terrible, it spoils the sport. On my two hour shift, I think I actually crossed out 20 minutes. Otherwise I only removed the algae… ”


    Words from the edge of the night:

    Tom Dolan (Breizh Cola): “We are confident in our option and our placement”

    “ Our strategy is to win in the south, it's pretty clear on the charts. This has been our strategy for quite a while. The idea is to go touch so-called "deeper" trade winds before attacking the finish in the West Indian arc. We are confident in our option and our placement, it will be very complicated for the colleagues in the north. Life on board is going well, we are just a little fed up with being soaked all the time, we are attacked by salt. Otherwise, my co-skipper (Gildas Mahé, editor's note) is talking bullshit, as usual. "

    Éric Péron ((L'Egoïste) - Cantina St Barth): “The road is still long”

    “ We have just jibed, more or less in the direction of Saint-Barth. There is still a long way to go. The conditions are not there, there is not a lot of wind, we are not going very fast. We keep fighting with Sargassum, it's really painful. It takes a lot of the fun away from us. It's a plague, it stops the boat altogether, we have to go back. " Estelle Greck and Laurent Givry (RLC Sailing): " We will be able to tackle the repair of J2 " "

    From La Palma we took a southerly route, the idea was to drive less and go for the gull's wing below. For the jibe we took into consideration the soft zone that we will have below and the fleet strategy as well. We had nothing to gain from going north as we were south and jibing later put us at risk of being too close to the windless area. We will stay four days on the port tack, the next step: managing the jibe in the south. When the wind eases we will be able to tackle the repair of J2. It will be nice to follow this separation from the group! Given the option of the northerners I think it will last until the end. We left 11 days ago and we have 8 days of racing left, we did more than half. The cohabitation is going very well, we have found a good rhythm. We have small missions every day which keeps us busy and gives us objectives. "

    Tanguy Le Turquais (Queguiner-Innovéo): “We decided on our northern option, now we have to try to achieve it well” “ We have decided on our northern option, now we have to try to achieve it well. There have been a lot of maneuvers over the past few days. In fact, from the start we haven't stopped. The pace is very sustained. The wind has calmed down, it is getting very hot, we have pulled out the fan to take naps. We have two oranges and a grapefruit left, it's about time we got there! "


    The first five at the 8am check-in on Monday 24 May:

    1. Pierre Leboucher / Thomas Rouxel (GUYOT Environnement - Ruban Rose), 1,267.8 miles from the finish
    2. Tom Laperche / Loïs Berrehar (Brittany - CMB Performance), 8.1 miles from the leaders
    3. Gildas Mahé / Tom Dolan (Breizh Cola), 11.1 miles from the leaders
    4. Fabien Delahaye / Anthony Marchand (Gilbert Group), 15.6 miles from the leaders
    5. Martin Le Pape / Yann Eliès (Keep the Sight), 18.6 miles behind the leaders
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