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the departure of Brest Atlantiques, expected Sunday, postponed because of weather

Jacques Caraës, the director of the race, evokes a “potential window” for a departure on Tuesday.

The departure of the sailing race Brest Atlantiques, scheduled Sunday, for the four maxi-trimarans of the Ultim class, has been postponed due “stormy weather conditions”announced Thursday, October 31 the organizers.

“Unfortunately, we have to postpone this departure”said Jacques Caraës, the director of the race, referring to a “potential window” for a departure on Tuesday. “If we do not take this little niche, we will still be blocked since another depression arrives on Thursday”, he said. In this case, the race could not start the whole week. “We can not get those boats out in too difficult conditions, we're not there to play circus games either”, he added.

This competition is played in doubles in the form of a long loop. The four giants of the sea must leave Brest to head towards Cape Town then go up towards Rio and then return to the tip of Brittany. The start of the race was to be given a week after that of the Transat Jacques-Vabre, part of last Sunday. This race no longer accepts Ultims.

This class was created in January 2018. It is the brainchild of a group assembled in December 2013 and has five members, all at the helm of the class: Actual (Yves Le Blévec), Banque Populaire (Armel Le Cléac'h), Gitana (Edmond de Rothschild stable), Macif (François Gabart) and Sodebo (Thomas Coville).

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