1 What is this race?
The principle is quite simple: circumnavigate the world from west to east via a sailor, a maxi-trimaran and three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn), i.e. about 21,760 miles between Brest and Brest. The story began in 2004, when Roland Treska, president of Pen Duick (today OC Sport Pen Duick), proposed to then managing director Pierre Bojic “a multihull solo world trip to be organized. We had to imagine tomorrow’s races.” And tomorrow is the day, then my dream world tour is on its way and will take off in less than a year. His flight at sea for 50 or even 40 days. Francois Gabart has so far flown the fastest solo flight in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, and 35 seconds. Many planes were not flying yet…
2 When does it start?
It gets more and more specific. Originally scheduled for December 2019, this Ultimes world tour was postponed due to an accident at Route du Rhum 2018. Maybe a little early. But in November 2022, eight boats entered the Ultimate on the Route du Rhum reached Pointe-a-Pitre. If some have some work on their aircraft (center fins, foils, etc.), they will finally be ready for launch in Brest on January 7, 2024, not at the end of 2023 as initially. imagined. They will depart after a week’s observation at the commercial port of Brest. The village will open its doors on Friday, December 29, 2023.
3 Where does it start?
Ultimes will depart around the planet, from the tip of Brittany and even Finistère. Brest, already a city of records such as the Jules-Verne Trophy (world record in crews) or the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Trophy (world record alone), will host this great start. Francois Cuillandre, mayor of Ponant, explained when the race was announced: “We can’t wait to see these giants of the sea, the Ultimes, set sail from the port of Brest with the best skippers in the world. This is a privilege for our area, but above all it is the result of long-term work to make Brest and its port a port of departure and arrival for Ultimes”.
4 Who’s on the starting line?
This extreme world tour is open to competitors in the Ultimate 32/23 Class. With a length of 32 m and a width of 23 m, these maxi-trimarans now fly on the water thanks to their foils: they often exceed the 40 knot mark! Powerful machines that swallow oceans faster than their shadows prove that in “only” 6 days, 19 hours, 47 minutes, and 25 seconds, Charles Caudrelli covered the 3,542 miles of the Route du Rhum between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-la. – Pitre.
Five boats have been registered so far: Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3), Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire XI), Yves Le Blevec (Actual Ultim 3) and Eric Péron (Ultim sailing ). ). Francois Gabart, who started working on his boat to obtain the Class Ultim 32/23 measurement certificate, told his team his wish a few days after arriving in Pointe-a-Pitre, where he finished second in the Route du Rhum. to be at the start of this world tour. Will he have a party? And will Francis Coyon come to swell the fleet to build seven maxi-trimarans for the planetary regatta? A few months left to decide…
5 Who leads the race?
This world tour in Ultimes will surely be quite challenging for the sailors as well as for the organizer. To manage this race at a sporting level, OC Sport Pen Duick has called on Guillaume Rottée, who is already involved in the race management of the Route du Rhum and will act as race director (pending the approval of the French sailing federation). He will be assisted by Guillaume Evrard and Pierre Hays. Former multihull skipper Frédéric Le Peutrec, who will be more responsible for safety issues, will complete this race direction.
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