Macif / Gabart / Jules Verne 2017-18

GauchoGreg

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Gabart is going on stand-by for his RTW attempt to beat Coville / Sodebo (G-Trans):

François Gabart returns in turn during the stand-by period, with his Macif trimaran ready and fueled, a stand-by that will take place in Port la Forêt, home port of the trimaran and where the team is located. This will facilitate interventions on the ultimate.

This waiting period, more or less long depending on the time it will take to find the right weather window to make the course Ouessant / Ecuador as soon as possible. The departure being the only moment in a record around the World where the skipper, his cell routing and his router, can decide to go there or to postpone while waiting for a good weather system.

François Gabart will be supported by his routing team made up of members of his team (Antoine Gautier, Guillaume Combescure who has just completed the first stage of the Mini Transat and Emilien Lavigne), who know perfectly the Macif trimaran for sailing in preparation or / and in the race for this solo attempt. And as routing is allowed on this record, the skipper will call on Jean-Yves Bernot, the precursor specialist in the field of routing.

The sailor and the router know each other very well since they have been collaborating for more than two years now. Jean-Yves Bernot who works with Julien Villion.

François Gabart, skipper of Macif: "Today, a weather window is about to the equator.What we seek first is a good time to the southern hemisphere At the moment of departure, we obviously have a little idea of what is waiting for us in terms of the transition between the North Atlantic and the depressions of the South Atlantic, but that remains very uncertain, we have to cross our fingers so that the I know Jean-Yves since I started in offshore racing in Figaro, but already, when I was doing the Optimist, I read and re-read his books! Beyond his experience and his competence who are indisputable, it is someone very pedagogue, able to explain simply complicated things.The idea is to rely on the expertise of Jean-Yves in routing, but also on people with good knowledge of the MACIF trimaran Antoine, Gu Ilaume and Emilien work on the boat all year long, the first two have participated in The Bridge, they are able to provide valuable information to Jean-Yves and Julien on how to lead in such and such conditions. This is also the reason why they have sailed a lot on my training outings. It was important that they take the measure of the boat, that they see his behavior in the wind, in no wind, day, night ... ".

Time to beat: 49 days 3 hours 4 minutes and 28 seconds by Thomas Coville on Sodebo Ultim 'in December 2016

 

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And then guys look here http://www.teamactual.eu

Yves le Blevec going east/west. This is going to be something very special. And for the sake of some respect: There is a guy doing the same thing on his 36´foot yacht.

https://alainmaignan.wordpress.com Unfortunately only in French.

I met him at the dock at La Trinite before he got off and asked why he was going to do it the wrong way round. Only thing he said was „ Because I´ve done it the other way 12 years before“. The guy is 62. Give him some respect and follow him.

 
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yl75

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Green code for Gabart, they should indeed start on Saturday (tomorrow) morning

 
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yl75

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wow, the tracker will also show the sleep duration for the last 24 hours , as well as the winch pedestal rounds in the last 24h !

Wonder if there will be graphs for these as well, apparently not.

By the way a betting game could be to tell at which longitude Gabart and Le Blévec (actual) will cross each other on their way back, any taker ? :)  

 
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By the way a betting game could be to tell at which longitude Gabart and Le Blévec (actual) will cross each other on their way back, any taker ? :)  
Gabart is going for a less than 50 days tour, Le Blevec for an over 90 days. If the speed was to be more or less constant that would be 1/3 for Actual, 2/3 for Macif.

But the big difference will be around Antartica .... So 120º W . Maybe under Easter Island if  Le Blevec does not lose time at Cape Horn.

 

yl75

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Gabart is going for a less than 50 days tour, Le Blevec for an over 90 days. If the speed was to be more or less constant that would be 1/3 for Actual, 2/3 for Macif.

But the big difference will be around Antartica .... So 120º W . Maybe under Easter Island if  Le Blevec does not lose time at Cape Horn.
I will bet on a bit further on Le Blévec route,  considering that Le Blevec could reach the Horn in 17 days, and going a bit faster than Van Den Heede afterwards, so 124°.

But 17 days might be really tough ...

 

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