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Indeed. Take a look at the fleet of accompanying yachts, ferries and RIBS off St Malo on Marine Traffic. Plus the Celebrity Edge has just left St Nazaire on her delivery cruise to (I think) Florida. At some point the catamarans are going to catch her up. Ed. 

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19 minutes ago, Fine Whine said:

Absolutely brilliant footage, thanks for posting Tony

Chris

Seconded.

Edit: Actually, thirded! Ed got in there first!

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7 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Indeed. Take a look at the fleet of accompanying yachts, ferries and RIBS off St Malo on Marine Traffic. Plus the Celebrity Edge has just left St Nazaire on her delivery cruise to (I think) Florida. At some point the catamarans are going to catch her up. Ed. 

Home Port in Port Everglades, she'll be stopping off in Ponta Delgada en route.

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Even the NEX didn't try to keep up with the Ultime trimarans. The leaders are south of Ushant after about 5 hours!!!!

We were out there and got as close as we could. Perfect weather, great day, then French scrum back through the Rance barrage lock.

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An unusual set of sailings overnight - must be a first?  Reciprocal sailings, one in each direction, between Portsmouth and Roscoff.  CF on her usual Sunday night first leg to Bilbao, calling at Roscoff for her crew change in the morning.  And Bretagne repositioning to Portsmouth ready for tonight’s St Malo sailing, after dropping off her RdR guests at Roscoff.  Don’t know whether Bretagne is carrying anything commercial or just sailing in ballast.

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Major ire from locals and spectators in general! All private leisure boats yachts motor boats RIBs etc were penned in a zone to the south of the race corridor with the paying spectators to the north. All those boats on the north side were paying the organisers a "tax" per head!

The start line is so long with the various classes in sections from the Ultimes in the north, to the Class 40s and Rhum monos to the south. The view for spectators was hopeless. The private boats miles away from the Ultimes. From the Pointe du Grouin the "exciting boats" were dots on the horizon. At Cap Fréhel things were no better. Even the live TV coverage was very poor.

The heart of the event is at serious risk if this type of policy continues. Everyone accepts the necessity of security measures and safety at sea, but this was a nonsense, keeping the non paying public too far away to be involved, and creaming it from the paying passengers. There are much better ways to organise this, with a shorter start line a race "corridor" that can be modified to suit the conditions, classes starting 15 or 20 minutes after each other, better planned and defined spectator zones ….

We shall see?

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