Cape Martinique. Amaury Dumortier and Geoffrey Thiriez expected in Fort-de-France

Cape Martinique. Amaury Dumortier and Geoffrey Thiriez expected in Fort-de-France
Cape Martinique. Amaury Dumortier and Geoffrey Thiriez expected in Fort-de-France

According to the organization’s estimates, the duo Amaury Dumortiez and Geoffrey Thiriez could cross the line a little before midnight (local time), Saturday evening, or around 6 a.m. mainland time. This Caribbean night is therefore the last for the northerners. The “line honors” – which crowns the fastest boat – extends its arms to them and only a last minute incident could deprive them of victory in real time. In an email sent to the organization, they do not allude to this promised victory but are delighted to find dry land and their loved ones: “We are seeing more and more birds, it’s a good sign. Land is approaching… a touch of impatience is felt,” they write.

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Amaury and Geoffrey sign a major performance with this race since they are on the verge of winning on an ocean that they are crossing for the first time. They are both members of the Cercle de la Voile des Flandres, a family club based on the Palluel pond near Douai. Race director François Seruzier welcomes this feat: “They made a remarkable mark and knew how to put in the watts when it was necessary,” he comments. “In this type of race, the one who wins is the one who makes the fewest mistakes and the leading boats did not give up. » It was in fact shortly after Madeira, 10 days ago, that Amaury and Geoffrey took command and have since continued to consolidate a lead which today exceeds 30 miles, even one car at a time. scale of an ocean. Their runners-up, Gerard Quenot and Bertrand Daniels, are expected at daybreak on Sunday (local time), approximately 6 hours later. The Rochelais are also promised a great reward since victory in corrected time stretches out to them.

After these two leading boats, the arrivals will follow one another at the Marina de l’Etang Z’Abricots, near Fort-de-France. Sunday will be busy as 27 boats are expected in less than 48 hours, or more than half of the fleet. The first solo, Ludovic Gérard, is expected during the night from Sunday to Monday. The winner in corrected time would then be Régis Vian who could even win the general classification, ahead of the duos.

At sea for the moment, everyone is still savoring every moment despite the fatigue and energy spent slaloming between the squalls and the calm in this 3,800 mile ocean regatta. Happy as (Even) Job: “Everything is going well on board Shom/Epilepsie France in the deep south. A few eventful nights in recent days with repeated squalls. The NKE central is losing its mind, gribs are taking a little time to download, the routing headache…. otherwise the boat is fine and me too, I just didn’t take enough sweets and sausages… Come on, I’m going back to try to catch up with my little friends from the North. »

It’s also the last few miles to enjoy simply being where they are. On Sleep Sailing Lab, we “can’t wait to get to one side and the other, don’t want it to end, don’t want this beautiful crossing to become a memory. » Because as Eric Bastard and Alexandre Castelnau wrote aboard Ishsha – l’Arche la Belle Porte in a message received yesterday: “It must be recognized that the sailing conditions are absolutely exceptional. Imagine a setting of waves formed but with sufficient frequency to make us catch big surf, between 15 and 25 knots of established wind, bright sun (between the squalls) and a boat that slides on its rail for hours on end. We also spend beautiful starry nights meditating while slumped in the beanbag. It is in this context, freed from technical contingencies, that we have been sailing for 2/3 days. »

Upon arrival, it will be a deliverance. The joy and emotion of finding loved ones after 3 weeks of racing. At the end, each of them will have changed. Whether it’s a first or a confirmation, everyone will be “different” when crossing the finish line. This is also a unique and committed transatlantic race.

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