UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI
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THE ORIGINAL
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI
07 Étape 32019-03-15T12:19:23+02:00

LEG 3 TSARINE

NEJJACK – NEJJACK

LEG 3 TSARINE

NEJJACK – NEJJACK

CHECKPOINTS 6

IDEAL KM 60km

ESTIMATED TIME 8h30

TERRAIN vaste zone de sable : erg Chebbi

Today is the big day!
Whether it will be the most difficult day is anyone’s guess, but it is certainly the most anticipated: the Day in the Sand.

Teams in AUTO/TRUCK and QUAD/SSV/MOTORBIKE classes will have to confront the sand; there is no way out. However, they will have 3 different routes to choose from: Z, Y and X.

Route Z meanders around the feet of the dunes: a good choice for less experienced Gazelles. But be warned: Route Z is no day at the beach. While the slopes may be less steep and the hollows less deep, it is the same sand.

And then there is Route Y, which passes close to the highest sandy peaks. While navigation is not particularly difficult, the terrain is more rugged and increases in difficulty as the day progresses.

Finally, there is Route X for those who dare. With veritable walls of sand rising before them, the Gazelles will need to circle around, take stock, coax their way over or through. Checkpoints may be visible from a distance but will prove difficult to reach.

Unable to take on the “big” dunes, Crossover/Hybrid, e-Gazelle Auto and e-Gazelle Buggy/Prototype teams will have their share of challenges, with sandy oueds that will put up a resistance worthy of the most valiant Gazelles.

Whichever route they choose, whichever class they are in, the Gazelles will return to the bivouac proud and exhilarated at having faced down the sand… And there will be more!

CHECKPOINTS 6

IDEAL KM 60km

ESTIMATED TIME 8h30

TERRAIN dunes : erg Chebbi

Teams 141, 149, 163, 170, 182, 185, 210, 211, 215, 227 & 230 will set up their tents in the dunes tonight. They have until noon tomorrow to return to the bivouac and start Leg 4.
After a hard day in the dunes, the Gazelles enjoyed a glass of Tsarine champagne in the bar tent. A reward for their efforts...
Will some teams sleep out in the desert, under the starry sky? To continue the rally, they have to reach the bivouac by noon tomorrow.
It is after 7 p.m. - CP5 is now closed!
At 7 p.m., as the day draws to an end, 56 teams are still off-bivouac
15 teams are still in the dunes, between checkpoints 4 and 5. Time to head for home, it will be dark in an hour...
As it has done every evening of this 29th edition, the wind has risen which is bad news as it causes the dune landscape to change...
Some thirty teams are still in the dunes. Either they have fallen in love with the dunes and don't want to leave them, or they are driving in circles...
Several teams on the Y route are currently turning around and heading north in the direction of the bivouac.
At 5 p.m., 45 teams had reached the bivouac. Many more are still in the dunes
The day in the dunes often has the greatest number of calls for mechanical assistance. The dunes are tough, and as the sport director warned this morning: "they're going to be difficult." Result: 6 calls for assistance at the same time!
CP3 is in the process of closing. Some teams have not yet reached it...
Team 600 (Sihame NABIL (EL HORFI) / Amel NABIL (ELKHAL) - Sybelles.ski) is heading to the bivouac with a damaged wheel and battery trouble.
Team 171 (Sandrine GRILLET / Ivy HOWERTON), on Route Z, reached all their checkpoints but took a detour of several kilometres at the end of the leg...
Team 315 (Jennyfer SIMONET / Clémentine ANDRE - Votre Nounou à Tours - CHANTAL ANDRE) did not manage to find CP1. The checkpoint is now closed, and the team is returning to the bivouac...
Team 106 (Sophie FIS / Susan OSMOTHERLY - Dingo Australia) had a great day and reached every checkpoint. Now that the worst is over, they have made an error on their way back to the bivouac...
Already on their way back... Teams 137 (Elise FABRE / Eva L'HOSTIS - ID Logistics) and 187 (Manon STALENQ / Paola GENTILI - FLORENCE CHAUSSURES) are heading for the bivouac. This was a short day for them....
Team 218 (Véronique SGARRA BERIOT / Laëtitia BERTIN - KING JOUET) is the first to get stuck on this day in the dunes. And it is just the beginning...
Team 238 (Hélène GRAND'EURY / Charlotte ZUCCONI - AFFI MOBILE) passed close to their checkpoint, CP2 of Route X, without seeing it.
The E-Gazelles had their own start line this morning. They were transported to a spot south of the erg to avoid a long liaison by road. They are on Route G, adapted to the capacities of their vehicles.  
SUMMARY - COMPETITION

Surprises in the dunes

RANKINGS

Rankings Leg 3

PHOTOS

Best photos of Leg 3

SUMMARY - ADVENTURE

The Gazelles pushed to the limit in the dunes

SUMMARY, BRIEFING

Difficult the dunes, will be

PARTNERS

#FreeNasrin

Dominique Serra has dedicated this 29th edition to Nasrin Sotoudeh – prominent Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate – who has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes for “inciting corruption and prostitution” by defending women who took off their headscarves in public.

I encourage everyone to sign the petition for her release.