Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Transat Jacques Vabre - Edmond de Rothschild duo ready for action

by Kate Jennings on 2 Nov 2013
Edmond de Rothschild © Dominique Le Roux
In Le Havre this morning, during the briefing gathering together all the competitors in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Race Management stated that it would postpone its decision until tomorrow, Saturday, with regard whether or not to delay Sunday’s scheduled start at 1302 hours.

Indeed a series of cold fronts are rolling through the English Channel at a rate of one every 24 hours, leading to strong winds (an established 25/30 knots) and heavy seas. As experienced sailors, Sébastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier understand just how harsh the elements can be at the starts of these autumnal transatlantic races. For the time being, the duo aboard the Multi 70 Edmond de Rothschild don’t wish to put any more pressure on themselves than necessary and trust in the Race Committee, which will have to pick a way through these systems to launch a start in acceptable weather conditions.

On Sunday, 25 to 30 knots of westerly breeze are forecast, gusting to 35. With a coefficient of 97 and the tide on the ebb at midday, heavy seas over tide are set to sweep across the Baie de Seine at start time. Such conditions aren’t conducive to easy handling for the 44 boats competing in this 11th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

'Surprisingly I’m not that worried and I’m still managing to distance myself a little from the pressure of the start,' Sébastien Josse explains confidently. 'The Race Committee knows what it is doing, it’s up to us to be patient. The boat is ready, as is the crew, and until the decision about our sentence is made, there’s no point in getting ourselves het up before time!' Enthusiastic about what awaits, the skipper of the trimaran fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild is even casting his mind forward to the more distant future. 'After Cape Finisterre, the weather is forecast to be great. The zone of high pressure seems stable over the Azores and the tradewinds are in position along the coast of Portugal. It’s fantastic!'

'All that remains is to load the fresh produce (Corsican parmesan, coppa (dry-cured pork) and cooked pork meats) and we can cast off,' Charles adds with a smile. 'In the mornings, I’m a bit stressed when I awake, but that’s par for the course before this kind of event. It doesn’t last; I go for a run and the feeling’s gone! However things pan out we’ll have 24 to 36 tough hours to exit the English Channel and make headway to the South. That’s the name of the game with these races and we’re prepared for it.'

This race gathers together four classes of boat: 40 and 60-foot monohulls and 50 and 70-foot multihulls. The organisation is keen to encourage bunched arrivals in Brazil. As such, given the differences in speed between the boats with one or three hulls, Race Management had planned to launch the start of the monohull race on Sunday and to make the multihulls return to port after a preliminary coastal course across the Baie de Seine. The Committee then wished to delay the ‘true’ multihull start by a few days, according to the weather. The ranking for this prologue, which was set to span some forty miles or so between Le Havre and Étretat, would then count towards the overall ranking as the Multi50s and Multi70s will set sail for the Atlantic according to the order and finish time of their initial coastal course.

However, Race Management must adapt to the endless string of lows, giving the impression during this morning’s briefing that a general start involving all the class could be in prospect from Monday. Like the organisers of the Mini Transat 2013, whose departure from Douarnenez was delayed by over ten days and whose fleet are currently on a stopover in Spain to let a gale blow through off Cape Finisterre, the organisers of the Transat Jacques Vabre have to favour the safety of their sailors primarily. For the competitors, this situation obviously isn’t that comfortable but it is what one would expect for this time of year!

The next skippers’ briefing will take place in Le Havre tomorrow, Saturday, at 1100 hours.

The Edmond de Rothschild duo

Sébastien Josse, skipper
38 years of age, lives with his partner
Six Solitaire du Figaros, two Vendée Globes, one Volvo Ocean Race, one Jules Verne Trophy
2011, joined the Gitana Team and performed his first tacks on an oceanic multihull
Third participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre, first on a multihull

To find out more about Sébastien Josse, click here

Charles Caudrelier, co-skipper
39 years of age, married, two children
Eight Solitaire du Figaros, 11 transatlantic races, one Volvo Ocean Race
Fourth participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre, second on a multihull, including one victory in 2009 in the Imoca class with Safran

To find out more about Charles Caudrelier, click here
Zhik Yachting 660x82InSunSport - NZBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

Topcat Catamaran World Championships preview
Topcat K1 Catamaran is considered to be the fastest sport-catamaran without a daggerboard, so the action will be furious The Topcat K1 Catamaran is considered to be the fastest sport-catamaran without a daggerboard, so the action will be fast and furious. The previous World championships were in Lake Neusiedl, Austria in 2014, and the Adriatic Sea will be a new challenge for most of the competitors.
Posted on 26 Aug
2016 Topcat Catamaran World Championships – Action coming soon
For first time sailors of world fastest daggerboard-less sport-catamarans will face two great events in Biograd/Croatia 2016 Topcat Catamaran World Championships – For the first time sailors of the world fastest daggerboard-less sport-catamarans will face two great events in Biograd/Croatia.
Posted on 23 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
M32 Scandinavian Series - Unbelievable ending to the battle of Aarhus
British Ian Williams claims the top spot at even points with Swedish Nicklas Dackhammar after an unbelievable final race 2016 M32 Scandinavian Series - They say nothing is over till it’s over – and never has that proven more true than by what went down at the final day of the Scandinavian Series event in the city of Aarhus today. British Ian Williams claims the top spot at even points with Swedish Nicklas Dackhammar after an unbelievable final race.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 M32 Scandinavian Series - Dackhammar tops the chart in Denmark
Today’s light conditions didn’t stop Swedish Nicklas Dackhammar’s impressive sailing at the Scandinavian Series event 2016 M32 Scandinavian Series - Today’s light conditions didn’t stop Swedish Nicklas Dackhammar’s impressive sailing at the Scandinavian Series event in the Danish city of Aarhus. The young skipper is now leading the pack heading into tomorrow’s final day.
Posted on 20 Aug
M32 Series - The battle of Aarhus - a perfect start
The third event of Scandinavian Series got off to a near perfect start today, graced with consistent northeasterly winds The third event of the Scandinavian Series got off to a near perfect start today, graced with consistent northeasterly winds in the inner city of Aarhus. Right next to the city center the five teams delivered action packed sailing from the onset, getting through seven races in total. The city couldn’t have asked for a better premier of its inner harbor basin.
Posted on 19 Aug
Fascinating strategic battle for the 400nm RORC Île d'Ouessant Race
Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70 Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson, won the duel with Tony Lawson's MOD 70 Concise 10 Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70 Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson, won the duel with Tony Lawson's MOD 70 Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield. Taking multihull line honours in an elapsed time of 27 hours 58 minutes 13 seconds, Phaedo3 has set the multihull record.
Posted on 18 Aug
M32 Scandinavian Series returns for a historic battle in Denmark
When third leg of the M32 Series sets sail tomorrow in Aarhus, second-largest city of Denmark - history will be written. 2016 M32 Scandinavian Series - When the third leg of the M32 Scandinavian Series sets sail tomorrow in Aarhus, the second-largest city of Denmark - history will be written. For the first time the city has opened up the inner waters of it’s industrial harbor, allowing racing to take place just inches off the city center.
Posted on 18 Aug
Rio Olympics – Four Medal Races set for Sugarloaf
With very light airs forecast, the prospect of getting today's racing away on time at 1300hrs looks a bit touch and go. It's another warm day with 26 degrees Celsius set for race time. With very light airs forecast from somewhere in the south, the prospect of getting today's racing away on time at 1300 hours looks a bit touch and go.
Posted on 16 Aug
Saxton and Groves bid to end on Rio Olympics high
Saxton and Groves head into the Nacra 17 race refusing to rule out the chance of finishing their Olympics on the podium. Heading into the race, the Brits sit in eighth place overall, with 19 points separating them and Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT), currently in bronze medal position.
Posted on 16 Aug