While the fleet leaders of the 3and edition of the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race have now passed the Gallimard waypoint, the final sprint is clearly approaching. The only problem is that it may not be very fast. The reason: a vast area of clearance stretching for nearly 800 miles in an east-west direction, right in the contestants’ race area.
If Charlie Dalin (Apivia), who is currently leading the dance nearly 90 miles on his closest pursuer, will surely join in Brest
on a direct or almost direct route, on the other hand, the situation is different for his opponents. Jrmie Beyou (Charal) could find his way up north while the rest of the pack will have to play close to the Spanish coast to take advantage of a bit of pressure. Obviously, very different options will open up to get around this famous bubble and given the inaccuracy of the weather models, some surprises cannot be ruled out!
Last night was rock ‘n’ roll for the 21 solo sailors still racing the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race, with yet another passage nearby. “The sea was shattered and the wind suddenly rose to 35 knots,” said Fabrice Amedeo (Nexans – Art & Fentres) who, like his opponents, had a few very lively hours, with a few dive starts that were a bit violent at times. “The night was solid. The front was strong, even brutal”, confirmed Damien Seguin (APICIL Group) who fortunately found more manageable conditions since this morning, shortly before passing the Gallimard waypoint. A virtual sign that Charlie Dalin overtook the lead at 6:17 AM, 4 hours 5 minutes ahead of Jrmie Beyou (Charal) and 7 hours 32 minutes over Louis Burton (Bureau Valle), the latter now in third place following the withdrawal of Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) from the race following a steering problem that occurred shortly before 8am on Wednesday.
Straight ahead, north and south
The skipper of Apivia who for the record counted a 45-minute bonus on his runner-up when passing the Fastnet has therefore increased his lead over the past 48 hours and could continue to do so for the next few hours 24 hours
24-hour distance record
especially the next night, with the announced establishment of a zone of soft hairs on the way from Brest
† In fact, if he had to maintain a fairly straight trajectory to reach the finish line, his rivals, conversely, would have no choice but to avoid this famously windless bubble. “Jrmie Beyou has a possible option north, but with the risk of getting caught if the high pressure rises. Will he try? For now, the question is open and one can imagine that in this case Charlie would also put a north in his route to at least keep him under control. The rest of the pack will prefer to bypass this soft zone to the south and skim the Spanish coast,” explains Christian Dumard. “What promises to be interesting is that the peloton of latecomers will benefit from more wind to finish than the peloton in the middle. We can therefore expect the fleet to regroup in the final kilometers,” added the event’s weather consultant. So the race is certainly far from over, especially given the inaccuracy of the weather models in light skies.
Very inaccurate ETAs
In this context, the latest ETAs are of course taken with a grain of salt. Until now, the first was able to present itself at the finish between tomorrow at the end of the afternoon and Friday afternoon. His runner-up was able to complete the 1,200 miles of the trail between noon Friday and 11 p.m. the following night, while the third would do the same between 1 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday. “Difficult to decide on arrival times. It’s from simple to double…”, confirms Charlie Dalin. “The last part is more difficult than it looks, because a ridge grows very quickly behind it. The goal is to control this barometric ridge as best as possible. It’s not empty. I spend a lot of time behind the computer, in front of the files to find the best solution to this thorny problem! In any case, I like Formula 1: Push Charlie, Push Push,” Le Havre concluded.