April 3, 2019
Sensation from Gabar!
As the famous French skipper Francois Gabar said in an interview with the Italian site www.pressmare.it, the Brest Atlantiques race starts on November 3, in which the most famous Ultime class maxi trimarans will take part.
Gabara, we are sure, does not need to represent sailing people: we only recall that in 2013 he won the regatta Vendée Globe, and in 2017 he set the record for a single circumnavigation on the Macif trimaran.
And yesterday, in an interview with www.pressmare.it, Monsieur Francois reported a truly sensational news. In the fall of this year, the Brest Atlantiques race will start from the French Brest. Famous maxi-trimarans of class Ultime (length – 32 meters, width – 23) will take part in it, and it will last a little more than a month.
It requires a small excursion into history. As some may remember, at one time it was announced that on December 29, 2019 an unprecedented maxi-trimarans race around the world would begin – Brest Oceans. But last winter – right after several trimarans in the transatlantic Route du Rhum were seriously damaged and Banque populaire IX was completely destroyed – the decision was made to postpone Brest Oceans. For undefined period.
And now it turns out that instead of Brest Oceans at the end of this year Brest Atlantiques will take place! The route of the race is as follows. From French Brest – to the southwest to Rio de Janeiro. When approaching Rio – a sharp change of course in the direction of the Cape of Good Hope. After that, without entering Cape Town, – again changing course, to the north. The finish in Brest after a month and a little.
Each trimaran has two, that is, the race will be double-handed. Who will be a co-skipper at Gabar, remains a mystery. At the same time, Monsieur Francois is no longer eager to take the start: according to him, the race will be exciting, and its distance is only slightly less than that of the world.
“In the Route du Rhum, we all had to face difficulties,” said Gabar. – But it is the difficulties that harden people, and now we all become stronger. I am happy that Brest Atlantiques is already waiting for us this year. Well, Brest Oceans will wait for now. Although the day is not far when it will become a reality! ”
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