Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre - The obscure, the unranked
- No change at the head of the fleet
- There are still 54 en route to Guadeloupe
- More than a week separates the first and last in each category
There are now two races within the race. Those who still hope to achieve victory or a place of honor continue to fight for every tenth of a mile gained or lost, gibing at the right moment and changing sails at the right time. For those who wander in the soft underbelly of the rankings or have been delayed by technical problems and abdicated any hope of victory, the adventure and the desire to complete a journey are taking over.(
The tussle continues at the head of fleet between Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) and Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com). It’s the same in the series boats, behind the immovable Aymeric Belloir (Tout le Monde Chante contre le Cancer), Justine Mettraux (TeamWork) and Simon Koster (Go 4 It) continue to cross paths and tensely battle it out for the second step on the podium. The trade winds appear to be building in the southern part of the race area, but for the soloists it is very difficult, with a wind that seems to be turning more openly to the northeast, to go directly downwind in order to gain in the south. The comparative trajectories clearly reflect that this desire is being regularly thwarted by the immediate need for efficiency, which requires you to choose the best possible route for winning in Guadeloupe. There is a small group that has managed to work their way south who are already beginning to display speeds worthy of a Mini in the trades. In the prototypes Louis Segre (Roll my Chicken Roll), seventh, Annabelle Boudinot (Agro 650), eighth and Nicolas Boidevezi (Nature Addicts) are approaching speeds of 10 knots. In the series boats Alberto Bona (Onelinesim.it) and Jerome d'Aboville (Bel ) could reap the rewards of their choice.
Aymeric Belloir (810 - Tout le Monde Chante Contre le Cancer)
Soft underbelly , brave heart
The passage via Lanzarote upset rankings for this single leg between Galicia and Guadeloupe. Those who stopped are now more than 500 miles from the head of the fleet at best. Suffice it to say that for them, performance targets, if any, have not be achieved. This means that when crossing the Atlantic, they have to find the necessary reserves to handle ten to twelve days alone, without further contact other than with those who are randomly placed on the track of each competitor. This may be a bulk carrier en route from Africa to Canada (“Cargo ship, cargo ship, can you read me, over?”) and the opportunity to utter a few words of English with the watchman on the bridge... Luckier are those who are close by another competitor, such as Florian Blanchard (MC Technologies) and Pierre- François Dargnies (We- van.com). By chance or necessity, these two are what you might call "country" neighbors on the pontoon. Nothing prevents them sail together and this is a great way to keep a certain lucidity. In Lanzarote, one imagines that before returning to sea a number of competitors exchanged their race strategy to cross the Atlantic. Who knows if the group of four, who headed rapidly south, Jean-Loup Chenard (Istuardo), Yoann Tricault (Schlüter Systems), Thomas Guichard (Carrefour Bretagne) and Raphael Marchand (Soréal Ilou ) did not agree a joint strategy in the hope that at times they would be able to chat to each other on the VHF? For these sailors, all set in life, the Mini Transat is mostly an adventure to be devoured hungrily. To surpass oneself, to experience those moments when you are able to overcome your doubts, discovering a part of yourself that you did not know, this is also the Mini Transat. And this is also why just crossing the finish line in Guadeloupe is a victory.
Thomas Guichard (512 - Carrefour Bretagne)
Cegelec / Eurovia Ranking (prototypes) at 16.00 (GMT +1)
- Giancarlo Pedote (747 – Prysmian) with 1466.4 nm to finish
- Benoit Marie (667 – benoitmarie.com) + 12.6 nm
- Rémi Fermin (741 – Boréal) + 106.4 nm
- Bruno Garcia (240 – Sampaquita) + 133.3 nm
- Bertrand Delesne (754 – TeamWork Proto) + 170.3 nm
Yslab Ranking (series boats) at 16.00 (GMT +1)
- Aymeric Belloir (810 – Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer) with 1601.1 nm to finish
- Justine Mettraux (824 - TeamWork) + 85.3 nm
- Simon Koster (819 – Go 4 it) + 100.4 nm
- Jean-Baptiste Lemaire (607 – Œuvre du Marin Breton) + 147.1 nm
- Eric Cochet (832 - Abers&co) + 296.9
To follow the activities of the Mini Transat 2013 www.minitransat.fr
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.