VIDEO: Best of Brest Atlantiques
Published on December 10th, 2019
The 14,000nm Brest Atlantiques race sent doublehanded Ultim Class teams on a course from Brest that turned at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Cape Town (South Africa) before returning to Brest. The Ultim Class is for trimarans with a maximum length of 32 meters and a maximum width of 23 meters.
The turning marks saw the boats leave to port the chain of Cagarras Islands, in front of the famous Ipanema beach in the Bay of Rio and Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
Starting on November 5, it was an unprecedented course, lined with several weather traps, especially along The Cape, a route almost never taken in offshore racing.
Each entry was skippered by four fantastic pairs and accompanied by a media man who was not allowed to take an active role in the performance of the boat. The teams were:
• Actual Leader: Yves Le Blévec/Alex Pella
• Maxi Edmond de Rothschild: Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier
• MACIF: François Gabart/Gwénolé Gahinet
• Sodebo Ultim 3: Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias