Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre - FLASH - ARRIVAL, Benoit Marie wins
The skipper of benoitamarie.com crossed the finish line in Pointe-à-Pitre line at 17h 46m 05s local time (21h 46mn 05s GMT). His total racing time was 18d 13h 01m 05s. His average speed over the course was 8.25 knots.
This is Benoît Marie's first victory in a major single handed ocean race. In two years, his development has been linear. Considered a definite outsider at the start from Douarnenez, Benoît Marie has shown that he deserves his place in the major leagues.
Benoit Marie wins the Mini Transat. Credit Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013
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NOTE TO READERS
The course 2013: returns to its origins
Leg 1 - Douarnenez to Puerto Calero (Lanzarote): 1257 miles.
Leg 2 - Puerto Calero to Pointe-à-Pitre: 2764 miles.
Start from Douarnenez (leg abandoned).
Re-starting Sada (Spain) - Finishing at Pointe-à-Pitre: 3700 miles
Start from Douarnenez originally planned for October 13, 2013 at 13.00. Departure postponed due to severe weather conditions on the race course.
After 16 days of waiting to find a weather window for the fleet of 84 Mini 650s, Douarnenez was able to hold the start of the first leg of the Mini Transat 2013 on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:19. The worsening weather conditions forced the cancellation of this leg and the Mini Transat fleet found shelter in the ports on the north coast of Spain.76 competitors rallied as to the Galician port of Sada where the race to Pointe-a-Pitre was started the morning of Wednesday 13 November at 09.45. A gate is positioned off Lanzarote and competitors who wish to may stop in the Canaries.
Douarnenez Courses: organizer of the Mini Transat 2013 and 2015
All the organisations of Douarnenez are mobilised with the support of local and regional authorities under the aegis of Douarnenez Courses: the yacht clubs, Douarnenez and Société des Régates de Douarnenez, the Winches club organizers for many years of Mini races with the Mini Fastnet and Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron as torchbearers, but also the association of the Fêtes Maritimes, the Atlantic Yacht Club, the Fédération Maritime and others who are preparing for fifteen days prior to departure, a festival celebrating the sea and the sailors. Competitors will be welcomed into the Port-Rhu a real jewel in the heart of the city.