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New Caledonia Groupama Race: "An Island to Circumvent, 600 miles Leeward, Windward Race" - A race in Paradise starting 19th of october
Take part in the longest Leeward windward race in the World: New-Caledonia is oriented in the direction of the Southeast trade winds. This means that in normal wind conditions, the competitors will have 300 NM downwind ( under spinnaker) and 300 NM indo the wind (being shaken around).

Night, day, along the coast, in open sea: Aelus never blows the same. When to gybe? When to tack? Which sails to use? Tack towards the coast? Opt for open sea? These are the question sailors will be asking themselves during the 4 to 5 days, a sizeable race lenght during wich no one can guarantee the weather.

The record of 3 days, 23 hours, 20 minutes abd 50 seconds set by Team Australia Les Nouvelles in 2008 won't be easily beaten. The specialists forecast a 5 days race, favourable and "strong" weather conditions meant that a "serious" time of reference was set fron the first edition.

The New Caledonian Tour is thus a race against the clock. It's an ocean race worthy of a Sydney-Hobart, five days of competition, making good weather forecast choices, never lifting the pressure: a technical and tactical battle where victory is to conquer!

Photo : Patrice Morin/Groupamarace
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