In the 2013 Route des Princes, racing with the whole MOD70 fleet in close contact for periods today, Yann Guichard and the crew of Spindrift continue to lead Leg 2 as they passed to the east of the centre of the depression and have been enjoying fast downwind sailing, slowed only by the confused, difficult seas.
Skipper Guichard reported that conditions on board Spindrift were like ‘being in a washing machine’. Their lead over Sidney Gavignet’s Oman Air-Musandam this afternoon was around four miles as they surged north at speeds of up to thirty knots.
'The speeds are impressive, but that's normal for these boats.' Reported Charles Caudrelier from Edmond de Rothshchild this morning, 'As soon as there's a little wind sailing downwind, these boats take off, but the problem is they're taking a pounding with these nasty seas, and as we are racing we are forced to push them hard..We're going along 28-30kts we are hitting the sea coming towards us and banging up and down on the waves. There are noises coming from everywhere on the boat. But we're making headway...'
'We are all in visual contact with Oman Air-Musandam are no more than 200 metres away, Prince de Bretagne is to leeward, Virbac-Paprec 70 a bit behind us and Spindrift just a bit ahead.'
The four MOD70’s are heading directly to the Fastnet Rock 270 miles due north of them. Guichard says they are expecting a fast passage up to the famous mark, but anticipates a re-start in light airs in the Irish Sea.
In the Multi 50 class, Yves Le Blevec’s Actual was leading towards the scoring mark off the West of Brittany this afternoon but their lead over FentreA-Cardinal was just one mile with six miles to sail.
Ranking 16 TU
1 : Actual (Yves Le Blevec) à 464,70 miles to finish
2 : FenêtréA-Cardinal (Erwan Le Roux) à 1,75 miles to leader
3 : Arkéma – Région Aquitaine (Lalou Roucayrol) à 32,94 miles to leader
4 : Rennes Métropole – Saint-Malo Agglomératio (Gilles Lamiré) à 141,76 miles to leader
1 : Spindrift (Yann Guichard) à 458,33 miles to finish
2 : Oman Air-Musandam (Sidney Gavignet) à 3,28 miles to leader
3 : Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) à 5,14 miles to leader
4 : Virbac-Paprec 70 (Jean-Pierre Dick) à 7,80 miles to leader
1 : Prince de Bretagne (Lionel Lemonchois) à 466,19 miles to finish
Charles Caudrelier, (Edmond de Rothschild): 'We had between 18-22kts of wind, started to tack upwind, the wind came back around, we took off again and accelerated downwind in 20-25 kts. The problem is the sea with a heavy NW'ly swell that is not easy to deal with, but we managed to get back up with the pack. The speeds are impressive, but that's normal for these boats. As soon as there's a little wind sailing downwind, these boats take off, but the problem is they're taking a pounding with these nasty seas, and as we are racing we are forced to push them hard..We're going along 28-30kts we are hitting the sea coming towards us and banging up and down on the waves. There are noises coming from everywhere on the boat. But we're making headway...
We had a long tack last that night, so we got some rest, we got into the watched very early because it will be a complicated passage. Meantime we have goggles to protect us but no helmets. We are watching the wind in the depression, looking for the rotation around the centre within the next two or three hours. We are all in visual contact with Oman Air-Musandam are no more than 200 metres away, Prince de Bretagne is to leeward, Virbac-Paprec 70 a bit behind us and Spindrift just a bit ahead.'
Yann Guichard (Spindrift): 'The night was OK. After we got the points at Cascais my pals let me get some sleep so I was in good shape later in the night and this morning. There was a wind of around 20kts and the seas were quite small. But now it is more complicated as we are heading towards the centre of the depression to the get the rotation. The wind is unsettled and we are going into the seas, the boat is slamming and always jumping. At the helm it takes a lot of concentration. And even more so because we are all in sight of each other. It is all a bit tricky. We are under gennaker and going fast, but because of the seas we are not pressing super hard. The atmosphere is like being in a washing machine. In a few hours there will be a gybe for the fleet. The goal is to stay east of the depression and then we will be heading for the Fastnet which should be quick. The winds will be lighter after Fastnet with the possibility of a re-start in the Irish sea.'
Gilles Lamiré (Rennes - Saint-Malo Agglomeration): 'It is now soften, here, this morning we are under gennaker, we are moving away from the depression is now lighter with the wind atabout 13 knots. In front of us, there is a little cell and try to take advantage of the rotation of the wind that is moving from the left to the north-northeast, and then after to the east. So we took the opportunity to try to cut the ridge where there would be more wind. We know we have lost a lot, it is hoped that this configuration will now allow us to pick up a bit.'
Route des Princes
by Sabina Mollart Rogerson
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8:00 PM Mon 17 Jun 2013GMT
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