Tomorrow at 5 p.m., the fifteenth version of the Transat Double Concarneau – Saint-Barthélemy will begin. Navigation guarantees to be on the method for the 18 Figaro 3s, which must make their mark in a short time in a sustained wind and tough seas.
A departure in a move of muscular noroit
The bay of Concarneau shall be this Wednesday beneath the affect of a despair. Ahead of it, in the morning, the wind shall be oriented to the south / southeast sector. By mid-afternoon, the wind ought to flip northwest behind the chilly entrance of the disturbance. ” Normally this change ought to happen round 3 p.m., therefore our intention to start out the race at 5 p.m. », Specifies Francis Le Goff, the race director. Météo Consult is forecasting tonic situations for the begin of the occasion: northwesterly wind of 20-25 knots (gusts to 30 knots) and disorderly seas with troughs of 1.50 to 2 meters. This guarantees a muscular and moist begin. There shall be no coastal course in the Bay of Concarneau and the pairs will head on to the waypoint of La Palma, in the Canaries, to be left to starboard.
The first 48 hours of racing already decisive
For the sailors, the huge stake on this dedicated navigation shall be to seek out the proper compromise between environment friendly navigation and the vital preservation of the gear for the remainder of this lengthy race. After a primary evening which guarantees to be troublesome in a sustained move, the wind ought to ease a couple of hours Thursday in the Bay of Biscay, earlier than the arrival of a brand new disturbance throughout the evening from Friday to Saturday. According to the routings, the first rivals might attain Cape Finisterre after round 48 hours of racing, in manageable situations. Beware of latecomers who might effectively see the state of affairs deteriorate … From the first days, there shall be many tactical decisions to be made.. “There will be enough to rack your brains”, summarized Francis Le Goff.
Fabien Delahaye (Gilbert Group / 4th participation): “Ne cannot wait to solid off now. It shall be muscular and dynamic at the begin and the climate is just not actually clear for the relaxation. There shall be playing in the Bay of Biscay. From the first evening, it will likely be essential to make doubtlessly somewhat clear route decisions. Quickly the fleet will be divided. The begin of the race guarantees to be strategic, it won’t be a straight line as much as Cape Finisterre. The Portuguese commerce winds are going to be earned! “
Violette Dorange (Becoming / 1st participation): “With Alan (Roberts), we really feel very prepared. This is my second transatlantic after the 2019 Mini-Transat, however this new problem in doubles and in Figaro 3 is completely totally different. I’m not naturally careworn, somewhat impatient. I do know it may be robust however I’d somewhat be on the water than ready. I like these “warrior” situations. We won’t should go all the strategy to keep away from manhandling the boat and the sailors from the begin. With Alan, we’re aiming for the Top 10 for our first Double Transat. “
Pierre Leboucher (Guyot (*18*) – Ruban Rose / 2nd participation): “I couldn’t do the pre-season races so I can’t wait to go and fight. It will be engaged and wet, we will be directly in the hard! We’re not going to take off the oilskins for four days. It will be nice to take these Figaro 3s through for the first time. With Thomas (Rouxel), we wear the colors of the Ruban Rose association, which is committed to the fight against breast cancer. For each kilometer traveled by our boat, my partner will pay 2 euros to the association. In addition to the sporting aspect, it is an additional motivation to run for a good cause. This will push us to surpass ourselves. ”
According to the Sea Effects press launch.