• Full Speed Ahead For Mini Transat Fleet



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    The competitors of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère finish with a demanding crossing of the Bay of Biscay. They enter the second major phase of the course, which is not the least exhilarating as the next few days will be at full speed. Virtually all competitors pass through the DST Cape Finisterre, aside from four sailors attempting a potentially lucrative "Wild West" option. Two sailors are forced to technical stopovers, Joe Lacey (Gijon) and Jonathan Chodkiewiez (A Coruña). In proto, François Jambou took the controls, followed very closely by Axel Tréhin. In series, Ambrogio Beccaria navigates in boss.

    The Ministries are finding what they came for, those long days of slips under spinnaker. They had to be earned and navigation is still complex around Cape Finisterre and along the Portuguese coast, particularly because of the very dense maritime traffic, requiring the utmost vigilance. The next days, sailors will slide in a north wind that should gradually strengthen, and a nice swell (more than 3 meters). It will be necessary to go fast, while controlling the boat and without going to the pile.

    Four sailors attempt an option West DST
    Morten Bogacki (934), Fabio Muzzolini (716), Julien Letissier (869) and Guillaume L'Hostis (868) are at 18h the only riders to be passed west of the DST (Device Separation of Traffic) from Cape Finisterre. They are looking for more sustained wind, move away from maritime traffic and sail on a longer swell. An option to follow with attention!




    Big games in proto and series
    The German Morten Bogacki, who makes a very nice start to the race, hopes to get back together with the top trio in proto. François Jambou (865) delighted the orders to Axel Tréhin (945). Tanguy Bouroullec (969) is more than ever in ambush. Marie Gendron (930) remains in the Top 5 and will have to resist the assaults of Raphael Lutard (900) and Erwan Le Méné (800) - among others.

    In series, Ambrogio Beccaria (943) imposes his rhythm. The Italian, always fast, is known to make very few strategic mistakes. In its wake, a very compact group intends to dethrone him. Félix de Navacelle (916) is still 2nd tonight but Julien Letissier and Guillaume L'Hostis take advantage of their West option to come back very strong: they were 3rd and 4th at 18h.





    Two competitors on technical stop

    This afternoon (French time), the accompanying boat Yemanja sent the following message to the race direction: "The 958 crosses behind us at position 43 ° 53'N 8 ° 41'W at 10:39 UTC. He is on his way to A Coruña to repair his battery problems and torn genoa. The sailor leading the Mini 6.50 # 958 is Jonathan Chodkiewiez, one of 22 competitors competing in proto. At 18h, Jonathan was approaching La Coruna.

    As for Joe Lacey, he arrived in Gijón today at 11:30, where he repairs his electrical damage and hopes to start again in the race. The minimum stopover time being 12h, it can not resume the sea from 23:30.

    The accompanying boats report some other mishaps. Guillaume Quilfen (977) is mounted on the mast to recover his spinnaker halyard. Benoît Formet (887) also let go of his big spinnaker halyard at the top of the mast. Has he attacked the perilous ascent?

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    72 hours after the start of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, the fleet is already spread over more than 100 miles between the first proto and the last production boat. The sharpest competitors are this morning approaching Cape Finisterre and its famous DST, which must be avoided at all costs. This morning, Axel Tréhin (proto) and Ambrogio Beccaria (series) retain their leadership. As for the British Joe Lacey, he is approaching Gijón where he will stop to try to settle in time outsourced energy concerns.

    The fact of the night was the passage of a not very active front associated with a brutal rocking of the wind from South-West to North-West. The competitors positioned the most North benefited the first of this frank and massive rocker. On the other hand, the most southerly sailors have been slow to catch the new northwest wind.

    Approaching Cape Finisterre, the runners enjoy (finally!) Slips downwind that will continue along the Portuguese coast. The 10 o'clock position indicated that most sailors will be heading inland (ie to the east) from Cape Finisterre's DST (Traffic Separation Device). In proto, Axel Tréhin (945) and François Jambou (865) made the break, while in series the Italian Ambrogio Beccaria (943) resists the pack compact launched at his heels.

    At 10am, Joe Lacey was less than 10 miles from Gijón where he will stop after suffering energy problems aboard his Maxi 6.50 (963). Once on the ground, he will get in touch with the race management and we will know more about his intentions and the possibility, or not, to repair and restart the race.


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    Classification of Tuesday, October 8 at 10h (French time)

    PROTO

    1- Axel Tréhin (945 - Project Rescue Ocean) 966.9 miles from the finish
    2. François Jambou (865 - Team BFR Tide High Yellow) 4.4 miles from the first
    3- Tanguy Bouroullec (969 - Cerfrance) to 21.1 miles from the first

    SERIES

    1-Ambrogio Becarria (943 - Geomag) at 994.8 miles from the finish
    2- Félix De Navacelle (916 - Youkounkoun) at 6.3 miles from the first
    3-Pierre Le Roy (925 - Arthur Loyd) to 7.1 miles from the leader

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    JONATHAN CHODKIEWIEZ (958) IS DEFEATED TOWARDS A CORUÑA


    This afternoon (French time), the accompanying boat Yemanja sent the following message to the race direction: " The 958 crosses behind us at position 43 ° 53'N 8 ° 41'W at 10:39 UTC. He is on his way to A Coruña to repair his battery problems and torn genoa. "

    The sailor leading the Mini 6.50 # 958 is Jonathan Chodkiewiez, one of 22 competitors engaged in proto. More information to come when Jonathan moored his boat in A Coruña.
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