Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Transat Jacques Vabre - Placer le curseur au bon endroit

by François Quiviger on 12 Nov 2013
FenêtréA Cardinal - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV http://www.transat-jacques-vabre.com/
Décidément, la flotte des Multi50 paie un fort tribut à cette édition 2013 de la Transat Jacques Vabre. Après l’abandon de Maître Jacques, le chavirage d’Arkema Région Aquitaine a jeté un froid. Pour l’heure, tout va bien à bord de FenêtréA Cardinal, mais les incidents de ces derniers jours incitent à l’adoption d’une conduite prudente.

'Tout va bien… On navigue dans 25 nœuds de vent et les conditions devraient se renforcer dans les heures à venir. Compte tenu des circonstances, il est hors de question de tirer sur le bateau,' Joint en milieu de journée, Erwan Le Roux le confirmait. Pas question de déroger à la ligne de conduite que les deux marins se sont fixés en plein accord. D’autant que lors du chavirage de Lalou Roucayrol et Mayeul Riffet, les deux Multi50 étaient quasiment bord à bord.

'On était de nuit. On surveillait les feux de Lalou pour éviter une éventuelle route de collision. On était en train de se décaler en latéral par rapport à eux quand tout à coup on a vu leurs feux disparaître. On était en train de se demander ce qui se passait quand Mayeul nous a appelé par VHF, trois ou quatre minutes après le chavirage. On s’est porté à leur hauteur pour leur demander s’ils avaient besoin d’aide, mais ils nous ont dit que tout était OK. On a immédiatement prévenu la direction de course et on a repris notre route… Mais ce n’était pas forcément facile…,' Pour Erwan et Yann, la nuit a forcément été difficile.

'Quand tu côtoies l’accident, il prend tout de suite une autre dimension. Tu sors de l’abstrait. C’est sûr que l’on n’a pas très bien dormi la nuit dernière. De voir les copains à l’envers, c’est triste et ça te fait réfléchir.'

Si l’on fait abstraction de ces dernières heures, Erwan Le Roux et Yann Elies ont navigué conformément à leur plan de marche. L’entente entre les deux hommes est parfaite et le rythme adopté semble payer. 'On a su mettre notre course entre parenthèse dans le golfe de Gascogne pendant les heures les plus rudes. On a navigué à notre main, en essayant de placer le curseur au bon endroit : essayer de ne pas prendre de risques inutiles sans se faire décrocher des hommes de tête. Jusque là, ça ne nous a pas mal réussi. Et c’est un vrai bonheur de naviguer avec un marin comme Yann.' Le tandem de FenêtréA Cardinal avait annoncé la couleur. Il reste fidèle au plan de marche. Jusqu’ici, cette ligne de conduite semble leur réussir.

Zhik Yachting 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

49th Transpac early entry deadline approaches on March 1st
Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race is well underway Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race presented by the Los Angeles Times and organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club is well underway, with 52 monohull and multihull entries from nine nations already signed up for this biennial 2225-mile ocean race, one of the world's oldest having first been sailed in 1905.
Posted today at 3:36 am
More winners announced in RORC Caribbean 600
As dawn broke on day five, crews who had finished the race were beginning to arrive back in Antigua. At Dawn on the fifth day, the leading Class40s were approaching the finish. Throughout the race, the battle in the class had been intense, with three yachts taking the lead at various points along the course.
Posted on 24 Feb
Tawera Racing joins Extreme Sailing Series line-up in Muscat
Team has been formed to give New Zealand's sailors a launch pad into the cutting-edge world of foiling multihull racing. The seventh challenger for Act one is announced today in the form of New Zealand-flagged Tawera Racing, which will compete as a full season entry.
Posted on 24 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Epic win for Bella Mente
Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall.
Posted on 23 Feb
Spectacular new self-catering villas in Vassiliki
Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment but can also offer luxury villa accommodation. Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment, highly experienced RYA qualified instructors and a location with one of the most reliable wind patterns in the sailing world, but can also offer luxury villa accommodation.
Posted on 23 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.
Posted on 23 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 3 – Phaedo3 takes multihull line honours
While the multihull race record was not broken this year Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel Phaedo3 held on to win the battle of the trimarans, just 12 minutes ahead of Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70, Maserati. The high-speed battle saw the lead change hands at least four times during the race.
Posted on 22 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 - Maserati Multi70 in a fight for lead with Phaedo3
After 24-hours of racing in RORC Caribbean 600 Race Maserati Multi70 trimaran is locked in a fierce struggle for lead After 24-hours of racing in the RORC Caribbean 600 Race the Maserati Multi70 trimaran skippered by Italian ocean racer Giovanni Soldini is locked in a fierce struggle for the lead with the race record holder Phaedo3.
Posted on 22 Feb
3rd line honours in a row for Phaedo^3 in the RORC Caribbean 600
After an epic battle with their MOD70 sistership Maserati, Phaedo^3 took multihull line honours in RORC Caribbean 600. After an epic battle with their MOD70 sistership Maserati, Phaedo^3 took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600.
Posted on 22 Feb
Phaedo^3 side by side with Maserati South of Guadeloupe
It was a Gybe for Gybe competition for the two MOD70’s in a Monsoon like storm South of Guadeloupe. It was a Gybe for Gybe competition for the two MOD70’s in a Monsoon like storm South of Guadeloupe. Phaedo^3 has now managed to pull away on the leg up to next mark off Barbuda.
Posted on 22 Feb