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The two giants were cast veils

deux-voiliers-classe-ultime-elances(Quebec) The two boats in the Ultimate class offered a great show in the second start of the ninth Transat Québec-Saint-Malo Wednesday.

The Spindrift 2 and the Musandam Oman Sail, Long respectively 40 and 21 meters, should catch all ships sailing to Britain since Sunday and beat the record of the competition. In front of a nice crowd of curious and a carpet of pleasure boats, these giants of the ocean race took off at 16h, between Quebec City and Levis.

From the start, the smallest took the lead. Nothing surprising, if one relies on the largest skipper Yann Guichard.

“Yes, it’s bigger. So on paper it should go faster. But I think it will be before us at the exit of the St. Lawrence because it is much more maneuverable. Us, we will go slow to go out, “said Guichard, three hours before the countdown. Still at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the two competitors were only a few hundred meters from each other.

He has the record in his sights, but Guichard account also beat his rival. Once in the Atlantic, it will show the power of his machine, designed for high speeds at sea.

Too strong for his rivals …

But why a second start? In two words: too hard. Spindrift 2 and Musandam are much faster than all their rivals. The organizers wanted to avoid seeing them arrive several days before Multi50 and Class 40, which would have caused a marked decline in interest for what happens next. If all goes well, the two giants will catch up with the current leaders just in time to give a thrilling final in Saint-Malo.

“This is a novelty in this ninth edition,” says race director, Damien De Pas. “The idea was to analyze the weather situation and the progress of trimarans 50 feet to determine when would the departure of Ultimate. Finally, [the Multi50] have not progressed very quickly, so we decided to change a little late departure date for 13. ”

Although the three leading trimarans were already south of Newfoundland on Wednesday afternoon, no doubt in the mind of Damien De Pas: if the weather meets expectations, the two major join them and beat the record for crossing, 7 days, 20 hours and 24 minutes, held by Fujicolor IIdepuis 1996. “hopefully some time around six days provides de Pas. Between six and seven. The suspense will be at its height. ”

Yann Guichard seems confident of lowering the old mark of 20 years. “The conditions are really expected to be good,” said the captain of the world’s largest racing trimaran. “Normally, we will be able to break the record. It’ll be a fantastic race. […] I look forward to sailing with this giant of the seas on this transatlantic. ”

A giant, indeed. After passing in front of Sainte-Petronille, Wednesday, 2 Spindrift caused waves worthy of a freighter. We had seen anything like it on the shores of the island of Orleans during the first start on Sunday.

They are 14 on board, including the defending champion on multihulls, Erwan Le Roux. The proximity of the crew is no problem, ensures Guichard. “We did that for 47 days around the world. There, it will last between six and seven days. I think we will especially take great pleasure. ”

Led by Sidney Gavignet on Musandam Oman Sail offers local flavor, even if it sails the colors of Oman: one of the team members is the Irish Quebecers Damian Foxall, a resident of Stoneham.

But why a second start? In two words: too hard. Spindrift Musandam and are much faster than all their rivals. The organizers wanted to avoid seeing them arrive several days before Multi50 and Class 40, which would have caused a marked decline in interest for what happens next. And if all goes well, the two giants will catch up with the current leaders (see other article) just in time to give a thrilling final in Saint-Malo.

“This is a novelty in this ninth edition, says race director, Damien De Pas. The idea was to analyze the weather situation and the progress of trimarans 50 feet to determine when would the departure of Ultimate. Finally, [the Multi50] have not progressed very quickly, so we decided to change a little late departure date for 13. ”

Although the three leading trimarans were already south of Newfoundland on departure Wednesday, no doubt in the mind of Damien De Pas: if the weather meets expectations, the two great the join and beat the record for the crossing, 7 days, 20 hours and 24 minutes, held by Fujicolor II since 1996. “hopefully some time around six days provides de Pas. Between six and seven. The suspense will be at its height. ”

Yann Guichard seems confident of lowering the old mark of 20 years. “The conditions are really expected to be good,” said the captain of the world’s largest racing trimaran. “Now we can usually beat the record. It’ll be a fantastic race. […] I look forward to sailing with this giant of the seas on this transatlantic. ”

A giant, indeed. After passing in front of Sainte-Petronille, Wednesday, Spindrift caused waves worthy of a freighter. We had seen anything like it at the first start on Sunday on the banks of the Isle of Orleans.

They are 14 on board, including the defending champion on multihulls, Erwan Le Roux, crew for the occasion. The proximity of the crew is no problem, ensures Guichard. “We did that for 47 days around the world. There, it will last between six and seven days. I think we will especially take great pleasure. ”

Led by Sidney Gavignet on Musandam Oman Sail offers local flavor, even if it flies the flag of Oman: one of the team members is the Irish Quebecers Damian Foxall, a resident of Stoneham considered a national hero in his native Ireland.

A struggle without thank you

If the result is the image of the first three and a half days of racing, we will need a photo finish in Saint-Malo in Multi50. Elbow to elbow since passing buoy Percé, Arkema and the French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo is always delivered without a fight thank you Wednesday night in the ninth Transat Québec-Saint-Malo.

At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday the Arkema however seemed to give a slight lead. Some 4.8 nautical miles (nine kilometers) separated the trimaran Lalou Roucayrol that of Gilles Lamiré. But for much of the day, the two boats were only a few hundred meters from each other. At the time of writing, they had just crossed the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the last checkpoint with the Atlantic Ocean.

All this with Ciela Village not far behind. The car driven by Thierry Bouchard is still down. Wednesday night, he pointed to 3.4 nautical miles from the French Tech.

Tales II commands

Monohulls Class40 were on their side in the heart of the St. Lawrence Gulf. The Spanish yacht Tales II took advantage of the night from Tuesday to Wednesday to take the lead, a position he still held Wednesday night. Behind the boat of Gonzalo Botin, however, five title contenders, the knife between the teeth. In order, the Imerys (2.7 mn), the Black Pepper (3.2), Generali (4.6), the Normandy Region (6.1) and the Partners in Platoon (6.2 ) are just beautiful the forefront thrust. The course of the Transat stretches over 2897 nautical miles.

Benoit Charron, captain of the Normandy Region, will long remember his passage on the St. Lawrence. “We were told that the St. Lawrence, it was worth the trip, I will confirm it, he wrote in his log. The truth is far beyond, storms worthy of Lake Geneva, […] crazy cargo in thick fog like a bad burgundy, gigantic and disturbing marine creatures that come prowling the night around the boat by emitting strange groans. In short, it’s great fun! ”

Note that the Michel Herbelin watches was the first Class40 has vintage cross the buoy Gaspé, which earned him a scholarship of $ 4,000.

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