Great start of ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre 2018

Route Halifax / Saint-Pierre

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A huge desire to fight

“I slept well tonight, I feel in good shape to attack the race to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon! All the crew cannot wait to cut the starting line” Gaëlle Halliday smiled as she dumped the J33 “Bella J”. Early this morning, the pontoons in front of the waterfront of the Canadian city of Halifax was boiling. “There is more wind than expected, the race promises to be fast! We have in mind the record to beat of 29h30” launched the French Maxime Grimard from the cockpit of the VOR60 “Esprit de corps IV”, the largest monohull in the fleet. Onboard supplies, fleeces, jackets and waxed on the back, boots, hats for some, the crews dressed as they should for this wild run to the benches of Newfoundland. “I wish all crews maximum enjoyment throughout these 356 miles to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. Think of the very warm welcome that awaits you!” confided the founder of ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre, Philippe Paturel, also co-skipper of CLASS40 “Oakcliff Racing Saint-Pierre et Miquelon”.

Heading towards Banks of Newfoundland

Under a dappled sky with Halifax Waterfront as a backdrop, accompanied by the applause of the crowds on the docks, the fleet started in two starts, CLASS40 and VOR cutting the line ten minutes after the other boats. It was downwind, sails scissors or spin head that the sailboats headed for the Atlantic Ocean pushed by 15 good knots of wind, the French patrol Fulmar closing the march. He will be the watchdog of ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre to the archipelago of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

The northwest wind, which is expected to gradually turn to the west, will allow competitors to move quickly up the shores of Nova Scotia on the same shore for 120 nautical miles before the major crossing to the Newfoundland Banks.

Interview: Commander Lemoine, patrolman Fulmar: “It is predicted that there will be 2.5 m of lows in the next few hours.”

“The Fulmar will escort ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre. We are going to follow the race line because it is often there that the difficulties are concentrated, and be ready to help the participants according to their needs. Obviously, every crew, if they appeal to Fulmar for serious reasons will be disqualified because it is part of the rules of the race, but it will allow us to save human life, and to answer any material problem that could arise. The main difficulties that crews of the ROUTE will be able to meet are of two types: on the one hand the currents and the state of sea. The currents can be sometimes contrary when one approaches the opening of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In addition, the sea between Nova Scotia and the Archipelago can rise quite quickly when the wind returns. It is expected that there will be 2.5 m of dip in the next few days. Then the difference in temperature between the air and the water around Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and the banks of Newfoundland makes that it is frequent that there are banks of fog at this time of the year. “

And meanwhile in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

The Café de la ROUTE adorned with its all new colors of wood and Blue, White, Red french flag opens its doors at 17h on the Quai Eric Tabarly in Saint-Pierre. Pierrick for the aperitif in music then Chanson d’Occasion and Blague and Hale, just arrived from their concerts for the departure of the ROUTE at Halifax Waterfront, open the celebration.  For dinner, Cod “à la dieppoise” and homemade desserts to begin the party. Everyone is waiting for the ROUTE in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.