After 28 days, 23 hours, 24 minutes and 46 seconds at sea, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, accompanied by their media man, Yann Riou, are the winners of Brest Atlantiques. This is the first major offshore victory for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, after covering a total of 17,084 miles at an average speed of 24.57 knots.
The two skippers took the helm of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild at the end of April this year and secured their first victory in the Fastnet this August, a race that allowed them to gain confidence in sailing this Ultim trimaran. Winning the Brest Atlantiques is another important victory, especially in a race which, because of its duration, format and route, was a real leap into the unknown for them. They’ve been continuously in first place from the second night onwards, apart from the 13 hours and 40 minutes during which they stopped in Salvador de Bahia for repairs. It only took them two days, however, to get back in the lead. That’s about 25 days as the frontrunners out of almost 29 in total.
“The oceans get smaller when you’re sailing this kind of boat, and this race was a great opportunity to test it out,” says Frank Cammas. “We saw what could break, what parts of the boat tired out easily, and so we now know what to improve on. It was a really interesting race, especially for preparing to go around the world.”