Ice gate for the Artemis Transat
"Given the number of icebergs and their presence very far south this year," explained Race Director Sylvie Viant, "we felt, after having consulted the skippers, that it was a necessary move, because safety is our first concern."
The gate, a 130 mile long line located between 47º and 50º W at 40º N (to the south of the Grand Banks), will made the course longer by approximately 210 miles, or a total of 2955 miles now.
In this respect on boat that may be at an advantage is Marc Guillemot's IMOCA Open 60 Safran. This is fitted with an unidentified object detector. The prototype, which will be tested during The Artemis Transat, consists of a miniature thermo-sensitive camera fitted on the masthead. The camera detects all objects which show a significant temperature difference with their environment - the system is essentially developed to spot icebergs and growlers, and originates from the special binoculars used by sea rescuers to catch a 'thermal signal', like the emerged head of a man who has fallen overboard.