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Transat Jacques Vabre 2017
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Transat Jacques Vabre 2017

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7d 23h 55m 24s, the results of a debut performance!
Day of arrival in Bahia
Taking-off for the Atlantic
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Maxi Edmond de Rothschild offshore pionneer
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Pirouetting across the Atlantic

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Analysis of the race aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

All Saints' Bay was awaiting Prince de Bretagne yesterday evening to celebrate the Ultime podium for this 13th edition. Mechanical issues threw a spanner in the works alas. Indeed, positioned less than 100 miles from the finish line, the red trimaran dismasted, forcing her crew to retire from the race; a cruel situation so close to the goal. Three days after their arrival in Salvador de Bahia, the runners-up in the Transat Jacques Vabre review the broad outline of their race. The disappointment,...

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13 November
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Gitana Team: The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, second in her first major transatlantic race!

The Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 delivered its verdict this Monday 13 November in the early hours of the morning (local time) in All Saints' Bay. The top-flight duel, which saw the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild do battle with Sodebo Ultim', resulted in victory for the black and orange trimaran helmed by Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias. For their first official race at the helm of Gitana 17, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel certainly put up a creditable performance! Indeed, they finished just 1hr...

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12 November
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The last 24hrs en route to Bahia

The conclusion of the Transat Jacques Vabre is nigh for the front runners. Now with under 500 miles to go, these are the final hours at sea for the top duo in this 13th edition. On this seventh day of racing, the hierarchy remains unchanged in this thrilling sprint. After 4,000 miles of racing, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Sodebo Ultim' are still virtually neck and neck, though in recent hours Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias, positioned further inshore, have been able to stretch away from...

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11 November
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The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in ambush

The Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, which the Edmond de Rothschild duo entered yesterday evening at 8° North, was not a mere formality. In all probability, less sluggish than their competitors in the squalls, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel made the most of their 6th night at sea to close the gap in relation to Sodebo Ultim'. At the 12:00 UTC position report, with the exit from the doldrums taking shape, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was positioned just 7.4 miles astern of the leader of the...

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10 November
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Homing in on the doldrums

The duel between the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Sodebo Ultim' is fiercer than ever at the head of the Transat Jacques Vabre race. The two leaders passed the Cape Verde islands over the course of the day and are now preparing to enter the infamous doldrums. Dreaded by sailors due to its random nature, the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone does appear to be showing its best side to Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel. In any case, that's the feeling that emerges from the satellite observations. At...

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08 November
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An African low pressure system set to colour play

Having covered over 1,600 miles of the 4,350 that make up the route between Le Havre and Salvador de Bahia, the Josse-Rouxel duo has already sailed over a third of the course after just three days at sea. The weather conditions the leaders of this Transat Jacques Vabre have encountered thus far have certainly favoured their ability to slip along at speed and the sailors are lapping it up. Since yesterday evening and her passage abeam of the Azores, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been slipping...

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07 November
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The Azores this evening

Leaders since the very first few hours of this 13th edition, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel are still heading the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet as it makes for Salvador de Bahia. Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the duo negotiated the passage of a cold front to perfection last night and is now heading southwards towards the NE'ly trade winds. They boasted a 66-mile lead over their closest rival, Sodebo Ultim', at the 15:00 UTC ranking. Having covered some 950 miles since the start in Le Havre...

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06 November
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On the front line

After leaving Le Havre yesterday at 12:35 UTC, this lunchtime the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet is being led down the Atlantic by the Josse - Rouxel duo aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Setting sail with a degree of caution from the foot of the Cap de la Hève, the sailors that make up Gitana Team wasted no time in powering up and showing just what this latest addition to the Gitana fleet is made of. After an express exit from the English Channel, which they dealt with in just 9hrs at an average...

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05 November
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The 13th edition is off!

Clean start! As scheduled, the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet set sail this Sunday 5 November at exactly 12:35 UTC from the foot of the Cap de la Hève, just off the cliffs of Sainte-Adresse. In a medium W to NW'ly wind of around twenty knots and rough, choppy seas, the 37 competing duos set a course for Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, some 4,350 miles away. At the helm of the Maxi-Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel got off to a safe start.

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04 November
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Conditions favourable for speed

Tomorrow, at 12:35 UTC, the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre will set sail. On the eve of the big day, the weather forecasts are becoming clearer and the start of the race is shaping up to be quick. Conditions will become more boisterous off the north-west tip of Brittany ready for the passage of a front, which is set to roll through late Monday. Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel will rapidly be in the thick of things.

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03 November
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The symbiosis of a duo

In less than forty-eight hours, the 38 duos competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre will set sail on the 13th edition of this famous double-handed transatlantic race bound for Brazil. Aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel, well-versed in these pre-start phases, are calmly preparing for their race and are still willingly fulfilling their media obligations. Tomorrow, with the last briefing scheduled at 09:00 UTC, which will notably reference the weather for the initial...

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01 November
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Transat Jacques Vabre, a North-South course bound for Brazil

From Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia, the 4,350 miles will lead the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet from the Alabaster Coast to Brazilian waters. This long diagonal route from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere is a sprint across the Atlantic with an estimated race time of 8 to 10 days for the Ultimes. Offering a route that is as rich as it is demanding, as much meteorologically as strategically, the Route du Café is the longest of the transatlantic races!

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31 October
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Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, a pioneer of its kind

On 17 July 2017, after a twenty-month build and over 35,000 hours of studies, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild launched the latest addition to their offshore racing stable. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, a large oceanic trimaran measuring 32 metres long and 23 metres wide is now part of the long and rather illustrious line of Gitanas. This Sunday in Le Havre, Gitana 17 will be the first multihull designed to fly offshore to set sail on a transatlantic race. On-board will be two oceanic pioneers,...

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27 October
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In position in Le Havre!

The delivery trip between Lorient and Le Havre required a great deal of patience from the Gitana Team duo. Indeed, after setting sail from their base in Brittany's Morbihan region late afternoon on Wednesday, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel made landfall in Normandy early afternoon this Friday. 300 nautical miles, a mere drop in the ocean compared with what the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is usually able to cover, but here persistent light airs punctuated the whole of their journey. Now, with some...

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24 October
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Up close and personal with the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

Tomorrow, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will set sail from her port of registry in Lorient bound for Le Havre, which will host the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 12 days' time. The latest addition to the Gitana fleet is expected in the Norman port by Friday 27 October at the latest, which is the date that local festivities commence. Aboard the boat during this 300-mile delivery trip punctuated by light airs, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel will take up position. It's time for the duo to...

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