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14,000 Miles and a Victory Resumed in 5 Minutes
An emotional victory!
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 800 miles from Brest!
Focusing on the route to get there is a way of thinking about the finish!"
Targeting the Azores
Doldrums ambiance
The art of showering at high speed
About my life as a... media man!
A world of contemplation despite the competition
Traffic separation at Saint Helena
Offshore flight approaching the island of Saint Helena, in the middle of the South Atlantic
Charles Caudrelier, hidden talents for DIY!
Life aboard is gradually reasserting itself
Rounding Robben Island as viewed from Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Approaching Cape Town at 40 knots !
Bye bye to the forties!
Ambiance to the North of the depression
On the route to the Roaring Forties
DIY and job sharing
Passing Rio, the other side of the picture
Image alert: passage of the 1st course mark via a drone for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
A ninth day full of contrasts!
A successful commando operation'
Arrival in Bahia !
Technical pit stop in perspective
A night at the heart of the Doldrums
Nocturnal DIY
Ménage à trois
A night amidst the squalls of Madeira
First drone images on the Brest Atlantiques
Getting into race mode
Foot on the brake
The start of the Brest Atlantiques at the heart of Gitana Team
The Brest Atlantiques course
Potential start on Tuesday 5 November
Cammas / Caudrelier two trajectories, one joint ambition
Big Boat, Big Data !
Targeting aerodynamics
Teaser Brest Atlantiques

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14,000 Miles and a Victory Resumed in 5 Minutes

Last 4th December, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild accomplished a victorious return to Brest after crossing the Atlantic in a big loop taking nearly 29 days. At the helm of Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild's giant, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier exploded with joy after finishing a race controlled from the beginning to end. Nine months after their arrival within the Gitana Team, both men (skippers?) succeeded in offering the first great off shore victory to Gitana 17, thus demonstrating that...

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04 December
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Victory for Gitana Team in Brest, a collective and committed story

The locals in Brest welcomed the winner of the Brest Atlantiques with open arms today. The backdrop offered up was one of glorious sunshine on glassy seas, ruffled only by the plumes of water spurting out of the Abeille Bourbon salvage tug that had left the harbour to see in the sailors. On this Wednesday 4 December, the day of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's victory, the atmosphere was one of a homecoming for Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their media man Yann Riou. After 28 days at sea,...

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04 December
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A brilliant victory for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the Brest Atlantiques

This Wednesday 4 December at 09h24'46'' UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the finish line of the first edition of the Brest Atlantiques. Magnificently rewarded after a circuit spanning 17,083 miles (31,600km) of the North and South Atlantic, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, accompanied by the on-board media man Yann Riou, can really savour this victory after 28 days, 23 hours, 24 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Their average speed since leaving Brest on 5 November 2019 stands at 24.57...

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04 December
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Brest Atlantiques, four weeks to complete a big Atlantic circuit - Act 4

The Brest Atlantiques rounds off this morning for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild after 29 days at sea and over 17,000 miles over the ground. The Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier duo, together with their media man Yann Riou, will cross the finish line this Wednesday morning at the entrance to Brest Harbour. We take the opportunity to review the last four fantastic weeks of racing.

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04 December
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Brest Atlantiques, four weeks to complete a big Atlantic circuit - Act 3

The Brest Atlantiques rounds off this morning for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild after 29 days at sea and over 17,000 miles over the ground. The Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier duo, together with their media man Yann Riou, will cross the finish line this Wednesday morning at the entrance to Brest Harbour. We take the opportunity to review the last four fantastic weeks of racing.

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04 December
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Brest Atlantiques, four weeks to complete a big Atlantic circuit - Act 2

The Brest Atlantiques rounds off this morning for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild after 29 days at sea and over 17,000 miles over the ground. The Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier duo, together with their media man Yann Riou, will cross the finish line this Wednesday morning at the entrance to Brest Harbour. We take the opportunity to review the last four fantastic weeks of racing.

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04 December
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Brest Atlantiques, four weeks to complete a big Atlantic circuit - Act 1

The Brest Atlantiques rounds off this morning for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild after 29 days at sea and over 17,000 miles over the ground. The Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier duo, together with their media man Yann Riou, will cross the finish line this Wednesday morning at the entrance to Brest Harbour. We take the opportunity to review the last four fantastic weeks of racing.

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03 December
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A final night of concentration before an arrival in Brest tomorrow morning

Today saw the final speed run for the crew on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild before the stalling, the effects of which can already be felt some 50 miles from the Ushant shipping lane. The SE'ly wind is easing as it backs round to the east the closer they get to the tip of Brittany. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier must remain focused on their course and on this finish in particular, which they know will be tricky in this much-frequented zone. Fishermen, cargo ships… there's a lot of traffic in...

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02 December
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Under the 1,000-mile barrier!

This morning, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, the solid leaders of the Brest Atlantiques, treated themselves to a passage through the Azores archipelago. However, making over thirty knots and in the pitch black, it wasn't quite what you'd call tourism for the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. At 15:00 UTC this Monday 2 December, the giant with five arrows was less than 1,000 miles from the finish, 920 miles from the goal to be precise. She is now closer to Brest than she is to her two pursuers...

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01 December
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Azores in the line of sight

The Brest Atlantiques fleet has been attacking its twenty-seventh day at sea this Sunday from 11:00 hours. Since their return to the northern hemisphere, the leader and her two pursuers are no longer sailing in the same weather system. Indeed, with this 600-mile lead on exiting the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have been able to hook onto the NE'ly trade wind and, light as it is, they've been able to climb up towards the Azores on a virtually direct course...

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29 November
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East through the Doldrums, bound now for Brest

Early on Thursday morning, shortly after 02:00 UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was the first boat back into the northern hemisphere after twenty-two days and around fifteen hours at sea. From there Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas attacked the much dreaded Doldrums. With their router Marcel van Triest, the duo opted for a relatively eastern passage in terms of longitude between 22 and 23° East - meaning they didn't have to extend their route. It proved to be a pertinent choice if we are...

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28 November
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Negotiation of the doldrums, take two

Last night, shortly after 02:00 UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator and in doing so made her return to the northern hemisphere after more than seventeen days spent navigating the southern latitudes. A few hours later, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier began their passage through the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone that is always dreaded. Reading the few lines sent by Yann Riou and observing the speeds posted by Gitana 17 in the past few hours, for now their passage appears to...

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26 November
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At the gateway to the trade winds

The Brest Atlantiques fleet celebrated three weeks at sea this Tuesday! For the leader, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, this also coincided with a round number since at 07:00 UTC this morning, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier had completed 75% of the course. As such, the 32-metre giant fitted out by Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild is now positioned some 3,400 miles from the north-west tip of Brittany. In the South Atlantic, which the sailors are beginning to freely describe as monotonous, the...

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25 November
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Traffic separation at Saint Helena

The newly-formed Brest Atlantiques trio is continuing its slow climb up towards the equator from Cape Town. Still leading the way, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild boasts a 244-mile lead over Actual Leader to her East and a 650-mile lead over Macif, which yesterday decided to try its luck to the West. Though the weather scenario for this return to the northern hemisphere is not the easiest of passages to negotiate for the crews, who are having to get the best out of a breeze that is as light as it is...

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23 November
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Hanging a left

On this nineteenth day at sea in the Brest Atlantiques, the separation between the three competitors still out on the racetrack is relatively stable. Still heading the fleet with a lead of nearly 300 miles over her pursuers, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was the first to hang a left yesterday evening and distance herself from the coast of Namibia to follow the curve of high pressure associated with the Saint Helena High. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are sparing no effort, keen not to shy...

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22 November
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Saint Helena, act two in sight

Since being the first to pass offshore of Cape Town on Wednesday evening, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has begun her long climb up to Brest. Ahead of the bows of the latest edition to the Gitana fleet there are 5,000 miles (9,260 kilometres) left to cover, which equates to another third of the route to go. After forty-eight hours sailing along the African coast to benefit from a stronger corridor of breeze along the coast and thus avoid the calm conditions of the Saint Helena High, Franck Cammas...

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21 November
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Coastal navigation

Yesterday, at 19:16 UTC, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was still leading the way and had left in her wake Robben Island, the second and final course mark in the Brest Atlantiques. Since then, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas have been exploiting a corridor of breeze along the African coast in a bid to gain ground to the north. This climb up to the northern hemisphere is not shaping up to be the simplest of passages from a weather perspective. Astern of them, the situation has changed in terms...

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20 November
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The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild leading at Robben Island

And that makes two! At 19:16 UTC, this Wednesday 20 November, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was first around Robben Island, the second course mark in the Brest Atlantiques. In this way, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier consolidate their lead after 15 days 9 hours and 16 minutes of racing. At the 19:00 UTC position report, the duo on Gitana Team had a 165.6-mile lead over Macif and 189.9 miles over Actual Leader, respectively second and third. Gitana 17 took 6 days and 7 hours to cover the 3,300...

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20 November
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Approaching Cape Town

At the 11:00 UTC position report this Wednesday 20 November, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was positioned less than 200 miles from Robben Island, the second official course mark in the Brest Atlantiques, located 7km offshore of Cape Town. Slowed up this morning by their passage through a ridge of high pressure, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas have since ramped up the speed again to 20 knots. They're expected offshore of Table Mountain early this evening.

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19 November
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Circumnavigation of the anticylone soon to be complete

For the past two days, the head of the Brest Atlantiques fleet has been sailing at around 40 degrees South. These southerly latitudes, often nicknamed the roaring forties due to the strong winds that reign there, have been showing the skippers of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild a much gentler side. The culprit? The Saint Helena High, which has dropped quite a long way South and is therefore forcing the latest Gitana to zigzag her way along a narrow corridor between the edge of the zone of calms characteristic...

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18 November
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Midway mark

Since passing Rio de Janeiro, the first official course mark, the Brest Atlantiques fleet has had to ride out some testing weather conditions for both the men and the machines over the past three days. Close-hauled and then on a reach in a sustained breeze of around thirty knots generating heavy cross seas, they've just had to grit their teeth at times. However, aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have been able to rely on the airborne properties of their steed...

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17 November
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Towards the ice gate and the Roaring Forties

The Brest Atlantiques fleet is continuing its difficult progress in the South Atlantic. Since rounding the passage mark of Rio de Janeiro, which the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild successfully negotiated at lunchtime on Thursday, conditions have become tougher and the four participating duos are having to contend with sustained winds - 30 knots and heavy head seas, which are proving exhausting for the men and hard on the machines. However, these full-on conditions seem to really suit Charles Caudrelier...

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16 November
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Leading in the slog to Cape Town

The sailors in the Brest Atlantiques were kind of looking forward to the Rio de Janeiro Cape Town section. Indeed, over the 14,000 miles of the course, the 3,200 miles between Brazil and South Africa was theoretically synonymous with smooth, fast sessions of slipping along downwind… but the weather has decided not to play ball. In fact, the duo on Edmond de Rothschild, like their three rivals, are having to deal with a secondary, rather cantankerous front making good its escape from the South American...

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15 November
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Passing Rio, the other side of the picture

For over ten days, Yann Riou has been sharing his images and unique moments live from the ocean. Yesterday, the media man aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild immortalised the passage around the Cagarras Islands, offshore of Rio de Janeiro, thanks to his amazing drone piloting skills, among other things… He invites us behind the scenes of this latest flight!

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14 November
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New start in Rio de Janeiro

Time goes by and every day is different in the Brest Atlantiques! Yesterday, at 19:00 UTC, following Tuesday's pit stop in Salvador de Bahia and several long hours at a standstill along the beaches of Porto Seguro, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier lamented a deficit of 466 miles in relation to the leader. However, 24 hours later, everything has changed. In this way, more than the first official course mark, Rio de Janeiro heralds a new start for the fleet of 32-metre giants. Indeed, after ten...

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13 November
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A tough windless day for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

Yesterday, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas put their race to one side briefly as they made a technical pit stop in Salvador de Bahia. As such, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was dockside for a dozen hours or so in order that the shore team dispatched to the site could replace the lower section of the daggerboard that had been damaged a few days earlier. Setting sail again at 21:00 UTC, the two men were keen to quickly get back into race mode, albeit in the knowledge that the upcoming weather...

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12 November
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A return to the racetrack for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

On Sunday, having been first across the equator in the Brest Atlantiques, the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild announced its intention to make a pit stop in Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. Indeed, forty-eight hours earlier, whilst she was passing offshore of Cape Verde, the latest addition to the Gitana fleet suffered impact with the daggerboard. Aboard the boat, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were able to assess the damage and given the many miles still to cover around 10,000 miles! the...

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11 November
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In single file en route to Brazil

Since exiting the Doldrums at lunchtime on Sunday, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been sailing in a moderate SE'ly trade wind, fluctuating between 15 and 20 knots. Such conditions are favourable to speed and they're enabling the leader of the Brest Atlantiques to lengthen her stride en route to Brazil. At the 07:00 UTC ranking, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas had stretched out their lead still further, bagging a few more miles ahead of their pursuers, Macif now 179.5 miles astern of Gitana...

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10 November
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Excellent time to the equator and a technical pit stop in perspective

At the head of the fleet in the Brest Atlantiques since Thursday morning, the duo on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has masterfully negotiated the passage through the famous Doldrums always a rather perilous exercise when you're leading the way and has made it out the other side with a lead of over 130 miles in relation to the men on Macif, still second. Powered up again now making more familiar speeds after 20 hours of irregular progress, the 32-metre giant fitted out by Ariane and Benjamin de...

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09 November
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Nocturnal DIY before the Doldrums

For the past 48 hours, thanks to the positioning of their first gybe to the North-West of Madeira, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas have been leading the fleet in the Brest Atlantiques. With only a slight advantage in relation to their closest rivals 47.4 miles ahead of Macif and 164.9 miles ahead of Sodebo Ultim at the 11:00 UTC ranking and a rather uncooperative trade wind, the duo has had to put pedal to the metal to defend their lead. This effort is heightened by the fact that the weather...

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08 November
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Trade wind slalom off Cape Verde

Just three days after it left the north-west tip of Brittany, the head of the fleet in the Brest Atlantiques is passing offshore of the Cape Verde archipelago this Friday and has already racked up over 2,000 miles on the clock. Though the first hours of racing have been very full-on in a raging Bay of Biscay, the pure racing mode has quickly reasserted itself. The weather conditions right now, a NE'ly breeze fluctuating between 10 and 16 knots, are providing a strategic and hence thrilling descent...

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07 November
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The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild leads the way southwards

Life is passing by at high speed for the sailors competing in the Brest Atlantiques. Having set sail late morning on Tuesday from the tip of Brittany, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her three rivals were already at the latitude of Madeira this morning. At the 19:00 UTC ranking, the latest addition to the Gitana fleet was consolidating her lead at the head of the fleet, some 43 miles in front of the second placed boat and had passed the latitude of the Canaries. And yet, even though the sequence...

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07 November
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Leading, with the first drone images!

At dawn on the 3rd day of racing, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild took control of the fleet in the Brest Atlantiques by triggering the first gybe southwards a few hours earlier. Indeed, after less than 48 hours at sea, the 32-metre giants have already passed the latitude of Madeira and are dashing towards the equator. Since the start, aboard the latest addition to the Gitana fleet the two sailors have spared no effort in the bid to exploit the potential of their steed and the unstable conditions encountered...

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06 November
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Express Biscay and Portuguese Trades

Yesterday at 10:00 UTC off the Chaussée de Sein, few boats had dared to venture outside. In fact a powerful NNW'ly wind of around thirty knots was sweeping across the race zone, picking up very lumpy seas worthy of those familiar to the latitudes of the Deep South. Aggressive and rather unique conditions for a race start, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her three rivals nevertheless managed to set sail on the 1st edition of the Brest Atlantiques. After around ten or so tense hours, trying to hunker...

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05 November
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Boisterous start for the Ultim fleet

The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and her three rivals in the Brest Atlantiques set sail from Brest in NW Brittany this Tuesday 5 November bang on 10:00 UTC. It was a discreet start with a line positioned 20 miles offshore, not far off the Chaussée de Sein, but a start that will go down in history due to its particularly boisterous weather conditions. The four 32-metre giants, carrying solely a reefed mainsail (no headsail), yet powered up to speeds bordering on 30 knots in raging seas of nearly 5 metres...

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04 November
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A full-on start for the Brest Atlantiques

On Sunday at 12:02 UTC, the fleet of Ultims was supposed to set sail from the tip of Finistère on the 1st edition of the Brest Atlantiques. However, the first storm of the season had other plans, forcing Race Director Jacques Caraës to postpone the initial date. It is finally at 10:00 UTC tomorrow that the 32-metre giants will cross the start line positioned further offshore, some twenty miles or so out from the gully exit. However, the timing of the start is not ideal, notably as a result of the...

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01 November
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Gearing up for a confirmed start on Tuesday 5 November?

This weekend, the tip of Brittany and more broadly France's Atlantic seaboard will be swept by the first big autumnal depression with winds bordering on 50 knots and very heavy seas. There is nothing exceptional about these conditions at this time of year, but due to the inherent danger, they're proving somewhat incompatible with the start of the Brest Atlantiques initially scheduled for Sunday 3 November at 12:02 UTC. In this way, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and the other three 32-metre rival...

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31 October
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From the launch of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to the Brest Atlantiques

After two seasons of fine-tuning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will be lining up for the start of the Brest Atlantiques over the coming days and with it a long looped double-handed circuit of 14,000 miles, from Brest to Rio via Cape Horn and South Africa, before returning to the tip of Brittany. The wounds of the Route du Rhum and a premature retirement have been dressed and so it is with justified ambitions, as well as a great deal of humility, that Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier will take...

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23 October
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The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild outward bound

Tomorrow, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild will leave her base in Lorient to make for Brest and the Quai du Commandant Malbert in the city's commercial port, where the public will be able to come along and admire the giants for nearly eight days before they set sail for the open ocean on Sunday 3 November at 12:02 UTC. For the skippers, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, as well as for all the Gitana team, who have put in the hours preparing the 32-metre flying maxi-trimaran, the delivery trip is...

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07 October
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Targeting aerodynamics

On 16 September 2019, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was relaunched after a few days on land for an express refit. On exiting the yard, one new feature didn't go unnoticed; indeed a fairing had put in an appearance on the aft beam of the 32-metre giant. This canvas structure spanning 32m2, an introduction that had always been part of the design penned by the naval architect Guillaume Verdier, is a first for an offshore racing boat of this kind. Beyond the highly successful aesthetic value, this innovation...

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16 September
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A new development aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild

Following a very busy summer, which saw the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secure her first victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race, as well as enabling the Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier pairing to validate its qualification for the Brest Atlantiques, the 32-metre giant returned to her technical base for a few weeks on 26 August. Part of the schedule for 2019, the objectives for this haul-out were twofold for the members of Gitana Team. With two months to go till the start of the Brest Atlantiques, a check-up...

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27 August
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Qualification complete, time for a late summer refit

Four months ago, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas joined Gitana Team and took over the helm of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to form a rather atypical if complementary duo. In late May, the 32-metre giant returned to the water after what equated to over six months in refit after she suffered severe damage in the Route du Rhum. Since that time, the skippers and members of Gitana Team have really been pulling out all the stops in terms of work rate and time out on the water so as to give themselves...

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