The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, a unique concept
The vehicles are also equipped with a Sarsat checkpoint, equipment generally used for races at sea such as the Vendée Globe. When triggered, it sends a distress signal around the world. Rallye HQ is then informed and obtains the coordinates of the vehicle in order to organize an intervention. " This yellow box has existed since the mid-70s and is also used on airplanes or in extreme environments.. " Finally, the organization installs a device called Unik, which is used to record the number of kilometers driven. At the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, speed is not important ! Here, the concept is unique and is based on old-fashioned navigation with only map, compass and without GPS with one goal: travel as few kilometers as possible between point A and point B. It is therefore sometimes necessary to cross difficult terrain, which takes time! There's a lot of strategy involved!
It's a long day for the organizers who see 156 teams, i.e. 312 over-excited Gazelles, before the big start the next day. The technical, administrative and medical checks are not quite finished... The SSV/Quad teams as well as those renting in Morocco will meet on Monday afternoon, in Erfoud , at the gates of the Moroccan desert, for the same procedures! In the meantime, the port of Nice will be celebrating this Saturday for the official start of the 31e edition !