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19.11.2009

Pirates of the Caribbean


The trial of strength goes on at the head of the Transat Jacques Vabre. On their approach to the West Indies, Safran has increased her lead on Groupe Bel. Knife between teeth, Kito de Pavant and François Gabart are ready to play out Pirates of the Caribbean for which the scenario has yet to be played written. They must start by choosing where to pass between the islands, then finely manoe uvre in...
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La vache pirate à l'attaque !
19.11.2009

"Still a long way to go..."


"We don't necessarily have the right conditions for making fast headway, but in any case it's nice to have a dry boat at last! The wind has not set in throughout the area, so some have taken advantage to get away. The rich always grow richer in an offshore race."
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On board from Barcelona to Brest
18.11.2009

In the Tropics


"It's the Tropics! We are now running at 18 knots and just the ability to get out on deck without being washed by waves every time you come outside is a real joy! That hasn't happened to us since the start in Le Havre. The sea has calmed a lot since yesterday evening and we are hoping to dry any gear that's still wet.
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Transat Jacques Vabre 2009
16.11.2009

Groupe Bel second... in pursuit of her "identical twin"


The hunt is on in the Trade Winds. Following the storm during the first week, another "battle" has begun; that of sailing as fast as possible and surfing as far as the tropics. Safran, sailed by Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier is still leading the cavalry, but, since this morning, they are no longer being pursued by Mike Golding Yacht Racing, but a red cow charging them as hard as she can!...
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Transat Jacques Vabre 2009
16.11.2009

Groupe Bel, second this morning


Quotes from François Gabart: "It's going great. Since yesterday morning it's been tops. We are sliding along under gennaker and it's really pleasant to steer. Even when you get wet it's good, so we are happy sliding along in the Atlantic. The trade winds are what we have been looking forward to since leaving France.
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Transat Jacques Vabre 2009
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