Which MADBrain Autopilot will win the Transat Jacques Vabre?

5/11/21
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With more than a third of the fleet equipped by Madintec in all classes, it is likely that our skippers will once again perform well.

With just a few days to go before the start, we offer you an overview of the forces at work as well as a presentation of Madintec's innovative solution to ensure that our sailors sail serenely on this Transat.

In the Imoca class, the year 2021 began with Yannick Bestaven's (Maître Coq) fine victory in the Vendée Globe. A very good season also for Charlie Dalin (Apivia) who won the Fastnet and the Azimuth. There will be seven Imoca boats under the Madintec colours (see the list below).

Still in monohulls, you will be able to follow 7 new class40s equipped by Madintec (see the list below). In 2019, Ian Lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) won this same transatlantic race and broke the 24-hour record, 100% of the time under MADBrain pilot.   

This year, he shared these performances with two new Madintec competitors: Axel Tréhin and Fred Denis (Project Rescue Ocean) who won the Normandy Channel in May, then Antoine Carpentier and Mikaël Mergui (Redman) who won the Sables-Horta in June.  

As far as multihulls are concerned, the Ocean Fifty class, formerly known as the Multi50, is mostly equipped with our solutions, with 5 boats out of 7 (see the list below). They are monopolising the victories. Gilles Lamiré (GCA) will defend his title with Yvan Bourgnon. They will have to battle with Sam Goodchild (Leyton) and Quentin Vlamynck (Arkema) who have shared victories on the Pro Sailing Tour. 

Finally, in the giant trimaran Ultims class, Thomas Coville (Sodebo) will be defending his title and will be up against Yves Le Blevec (Actual, ex Macif100) as well as François Gabart's latest Ultim (SVR-Lazartigue), which has several innovations on board that were developed in collaboration with Madintec.



This week, the Madintec teams from La Rochelle and Lorient were in Le Havre. This was the opportunity to exchange one last time with our skippers to answer their last questions and to fine-tune some adjustments.

MADBrain: a fault resilient solution.

As is always the case, our teams are mobilised 24 hours a day for the duration of the transatlantic race. Sailing being a mechanical sport, we are not immune to incidents with sensor failures. The advantage of MADBrain's solution is its innovative incident management, which ensures a safe steering service regardless of the incident. Our advanced algorithms are able to process multiple data sources, verify their integrity and reject erroneous data. This is THE robust, fault-tolerant solution without compromising on performance. For example, intelligent selection is applied to the compasses to detect possible sensor faults and ensure the best heading value in all circumstances. Another great innovation from Madintec!

Time for the race.    


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