“The ideal would be to leave by the end of November”

We are looking for a weather window that will take us in 10-11 days to Bonne Espérance

A time envisaged on Wednesday November 18, the departure of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is postponed to a later date, the hoped-for weather window having finally closed. The Gitana Team therefore remains on stand-by. ” We are looking for a weather window that will take us in 10-11 days to Bonne Espérance “, Explain Charles Caudrelier. « The objective is to catch a low off Brazil that would take us across the Indian Ocean, staying ahead of it. Francis Joyon and his crew had managed to take this ‘elevator’. We really have to manage to have a very good trajectory. There’s no point in having a faster boat if you extend the distance a lot. »

Charles Caudrelier insists on the importance of setting off with a very good weather window to keep the chances of breaking the record. | YANN RIOU / POLARYSE / GITANA SA

The final decision to leave is taken on D-Day

To be ready, to mobilize the team and the people who follow the challenge, the Gitana Team has set up a system of codes: black, red, orange, yellow and green (departure in less than 24 hours). ” In fact, the final decision is taken on D-Day », Says Charles. ” Ideally, we would like to leave before the end of November to arrive in the South in December, which is the middle of summer. The days are then very long, there are only 2 or 3 hours of night. This allows you to be more aggressive because sailing during the day is always easier. There is another important aspect that drives us to start relatively early: the later we leave, the later we return and the more it complicates the 2021 season. It would also make us happy to be in the middle of the Vendée Globe fleet. “While waiting to be able to set off, the Gitana Team is planning a few sailings, but without forcing too much. Charles Caudrelier: ” We go out every 8 to 15 days, for a few hours only. We make the systems work, we validate two or three things. We don’t take any risks because if we break something now, we could waste time and miss a good starting weather window. Anything can happen, we saw it with Sodebo which because of an incident during one of its last outings was weeks behind schedule. »

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Charles Caudrelier considers that it is not in the South Seas that there will be time to gain, but rather in the Atlantic. | YANN RIOU / POLARYSE / GITANA SA

It is in the descent and ascent of the Atlantic that we can save days

At the end of 2016, Francis Joyon and his crew had taken an average start window. ” Marcel Van Triest says it was a ‘Francis window’, smiles Charles. ” Joyon is the type very impatient to leave. He told himself that he had to try his luck, that the road was long. He was aiming for 45 days, which is not the same as trying to go under 40 days. We cannot afford to leave with an average window. Francis did not have a great lap time at the Cape of Good Hope but he had a good meeting with the South Seas. His crossing of the Indian Ocean was incredible. He did a perfect straight line, it will be very hard to do better. His start in the Pacific was excellent, but he was less successful in the climb up the South Atlantic. In short, it is in the descent and ascent of the Atlantic that we can save days. In any case, it will take a lot of success for everything to flow well. »

In terms of pace, we can’t do worse than the Volvo Ocean Race!

Charles Caudrelier has already raced three round the world crewed races in the Volvo Ocean Race, including one victorious with Dongfeng. He therefore knows the exercise well. ” In terms of pace, we can’t do worse than the Volvo! “, He assures. ” The Jules Verne Trophy is 40 days to the point but it’s over afterwards. On the Volvo, you can do a 30-day stage, barely rest for a week and then set off again for 25 days. Afterwards, on the Volvo, I knew what I was getting into. By attempting the Jules Verne Trophy with a flying trimaran, you go into the unknown, there is a pioneering aspect. We are aiming for a mythical bar, the 40 days. To succeed in reducing the original challenge in half would be beautiful. »

A Jules Verne Trophy with an onboard mediaman: the promise of very beautiful images. | YANN RIOU POLARYSE GITANA SA

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We will bring back incredible images, never seen on a Jules Verne Trophy

These days, Charles Caudrelier considers that the public needs escape, dreams, aeration of the mind. ” We have no qualms about leaving, on the contrary. It will do good to all the people who follow us to live our adventure by proxy. We’re going to entertain the public, that’s our job. Everyone is happy that a football match can be held behind closed doors. It’s better than nothing. Well, it’s the same with sailing. »On board the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the mediaman Yann Riou will be responsible for bringing the record to life from the inside. ” We will bring back incredible images, never seen on a Jules Verne Trophy », Promises Charles Caudrelier. ” During the Brest Atlantiques, everyone understood the added value of a mediaman. We are much more natural when we are filmed by someone else. When you film yourself, you necessarily put yourself on the scene. After a while, you forget the mediaman, Yann Riou I don’t even see him anymore. So it’s very spontaneous, the emotions come out. On the Brest Atlantiques film, for example, we can see the shouting matches between Franck (Cammas) and me. This is also real life aboard a boat. »

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