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Caudrelier Staying Prudent in Final Week of Ultim Challenge

20th February 2024
Ultim Challenge Race leader Charles Caudrelier
Ultim Challenge Race leader Charles Caudrelier

Not much has changed since yesterday on the Ultim Challenge Race Leader Charles Caudrelier continues to make steady progress in the North Atlantic. He is 300 miles south of the Azores archipelago, and he has been moving at around twenty knots in the last 24 hours. Faced with depression near the finish area, Charles seems likely to slow. “It is probable that he will make his decision by tomorrow morning,” considers Guillaume Rottee, race director. “The skipper of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has been very cautious in recent days, which supports the idea of a “safer” route.”

Behind, off the Brazilian coast, now more than 800 miles separates second-placed Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3) from Armel Le Cléac’h (Maxi Banque Populaire XI). Note that Armel is having some difficulty getting out of a windless zone. “He is having trouble finding stable and regular wind,” explains Rottee. “Actually it’s difficult to know at the moment when he will regain speed.”

For the two skippers in the Pacific, Cape Horn is coming up. Anthony Marchand (Actual Ultim 3) is 380 miles from reaching the Horn. “It will be a deliverance,” he said yesterday. “He should cross it tonight (between 10 p.m. and midnight UTC in a WNW’ly flow with 25 knots of wind and slightly rough seas,” adds Rottee. Over the last two days, Péron has gained 150 miles on Actual Ultim 3. Yesterday, the skipper of ULTIM ADAGIO boasted of having a boat “almost in 100% working order”. He is expected at Cape Horn tomorrow late morning.

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About the Ultim Challenge

The ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest, which starts from Brest, France on Sunday, 7 January, will be the first-ever solo race around the world on giant Ultim trimarans, the biggest and fastest ocean-going sailboats in the world.

The inaugural six competitors of the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest are:

  • Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild)
  • Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3)
  • Tom Laperche (SVR - Lazartigue)
  • Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire XI)
  • Anthony Marchand (Actual Ultim 3)
  • Éric Péron (ADAGIO) - subject to qualification.