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On the route to the Roaring Forties
Ambiance to the North of the depression
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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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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