Defi Azimut Race & Speed Runs

wildbirdtoo

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Top 3 within an hour, Dalin, Ruyant, Beyou. The usual suspects.
What is quite heartening is the relative positions of the "new" boats, not yet fully bedded in/optimised, I would guess. Charal, Holcim, V&B Monbana and Initiatives Coeur to name but four- all launched relatively recently. It will be very interesting, once he launches his new boat, to see how quickly Charlie can optimise that one. Ditto Thomas Ruyant on the new Linked Out. I think the next couple of years running up to the VG will be interesting to watch. Will Charlie be able to keep his dominance in the IMOCAs?
 

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Some surprising results late. Charlie is way ahead and with his older boat.! Not sure how Linked Out got past Charal in the end? It was a race of moments and I'm not really sure what it told us? There were so many close moments I only hope it continues to happen as the races get longer. Charlie Dalin very special his spot is secure..IMO..!
 

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I think many of the teams would have gotten positive moments from this race. Moments don't win you a race it's consistency. Charlie Dalin is consistent. He didn't blow away the opposition which is heartining. The teams who had spent most time on the water were reflected in their results IMO.!
 

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CHARLIE DALIN “WE’VE FOUND THE KEYS TO GOING EVEN FASTER”​

9/17/22
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© C Favreau / Défi Azimut - Lorient Agglomération
A bouquet of flowers in his hand and a bottle of champagne in the other, it was a calm yet beaming Charlie Dalin who stepped onto the dock in Lorient La Base this morning. He discusses the lessons learned from this second consecutive victory in the Défi Azimut Lorient Agglomération, the third of the season out of the three races contested…
“This victory has a very good flavour! I’d been really looking forward to this race with the presence of the new boats prior to the arrival of the new APIVIA next year. This 48h Défi Azimut rounded off with a lot of positives. I really enjoyed this course designed by Race Management. Above all though, as everyone was making their final little tweaks, it was a proper dress rehearsal for the Route du Rhum. I’m happy. We’ve made a 5-7% gain in speed in certain conditions. That’s the good news from the Défi Azimut. We’ve managed to find the keys to going even faster. This is particularly true downwind, where we were kind of on a level pegging before, but here we found solutions for sailing a tad above the rest on that point of sail… I wasn’t saving my energy either, with a fair few sail changes, which might not be evident from the cartography, but they enabled me to keep Thomas and Jérémie at bay. It augurs well for the Route du Rhum, because there’s a lot of downwind in that transatlantic race.
We had some very quick sections and I was able to really push APIVIA. It was nice, even though I went a bit off-piste at the second mark, but that happens to everyone (laughs). I came up to Azimut 2 in a very shifty and fairly light breeze under J0 (large genoa) and full main. I rounded the mark and then a gust blew up, but it was too late. The wind picked up to 19 knots, upwind, with a sail area that’s not really recommended. I did a big ease and a bear away but I went too far! The boat broached right over with the rudder out of the water and the keel on the other side… You’ll get the picture from François Dourlen’s videos… !
On the beat back up, I was in control, but it was important not to neglect positioning. The breeze was fairly uniform across the race zone. There were some slight discrepancies between the forecasts and the reality, so we had to stay focused. On the return leg I managed to get a little bit of rest, but I really gave it the intensity that this race requires.
So, what’s next? There are some training sessions still to do at the Pôle Finistère Course au Large before the start of the Route du Rhum. I still have some progress to make to avoid mistakes like the one at Azimut 2. I’m happy to have had the chance to take part and tweak my preparation so I’m at the top of my game on 6 November.”

 
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In below article, it says that Sam's new boat, which has been built in Hungary (didn't know that), took a two months delay as they had to redo a big part of the hull bottom
Actually L'Occitane was also built there at Pauger Composites. (Only the hull, as Black Pepper did all the rest.)
Also the whole RC44 fleet comes from there. And of course Spirit of Hungary, which is now Laboratoires De Biarritz.
 

Laurent

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What is quite heartening is the relative positions of the "new" boats, not yet fully bedded in/optimised, I would guess. Charal, Holcim, V&B Monbana and Initiatives Coeur to name but four- all launched relatively recently. It will be very interesting, once he launches his new boat, to see how quickly Charlie can optimise that one. Ditto Thomas Ruyant on the new Linked Out. I think the next couple of years running up to the VG will be interesting to watch. Will Charlie be able to keep his dominance in the IMOCAs?

Regarding Initiative Coeur, Sam Davis said in French in one of the videos at the start that she had never sailed solo for so long on her new boat... So she was going into the race with some apprehension; at the finish, she said that she loved her new boat...
 




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