Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Mini Transat - All hands on deck

by Solene Rennuit on 5 Oct 2013
The 84 boats are in Port-Rhu ©Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013
In the Mini Transat, tonight 84 single handers are all present and correct, or almost, on the pontoons of Port Rhu. Come sunrise the competitors will awake to the delightful surroundings in which their racing machines are embedded. Meanwhile, volunteers and professionals are working hard to finalise the race village, whose inauguration is scheduled for tomorrow.

'Between the on the water teams, the shoreside logistics and those assisting the competitors and the public, more than 150 volunteers have been mobilised for ten days,' says Gwen Chapalain, CEO of the Mini Transat. 'They have many highlights, especially in the prologue 'Everything starts in Finistère ' (Sunday, October 6) and the start day (Sunday, October 13). One of the big challenges will come when we have to move all 84 boats out of Port Rhu at around 1.30pm on each day. This is just one of the challenges the volunteer team will have to perform. To make it possible fifty boats and their drivers will be mobilised to tow the boats to the starting area, to maintain the course area security perimeters, and to accommodate the press and spectators.

On the dock of the Port Rhu, exhibitors are busy ensuring that no loose ends are left untied ready for tomorrow, Friday, the opening day. CCI Cornouaille has been dressing the sailors’ tent, where every day eight or nine skippers will be presented to the public between 14.00 and 15.00. In this tent Lucile Chombart de Lauwe will present his photographic exhibition dedicated to the sailors of the Mini Transat 2011. Portraits in black and white of the men and women recording them at the start of their adventure and again at the finish of the race across the Atlantic, which show unequivocally just how they are changed by their several weeks in solitude. On the Brittany regional stand will be the 'Sea View' exhibition, which occupies 150m2, and is dedicated to the ports, to marine renewable energy, to the fisheries and to aquaculture to raise the awareness of Bretton’s of the tremendous advantage they gain in having more than 2700 km of coastline.

Tonight at 18.00, we hit the deadline for all to be present in Port Rhu. With few exceptions, they will all be there after journeys of varying length and difficulty. The soloists based on the Atlantic and Channel coasts unanimously made their way to Douarnenez by sea. For many, it gave them a final opportunity for final performance comparisons with others in the fleet. This is the case for Damien Cloarec and Yannick Le Clec'h who trained in company with others from the Bay of Morlaix and from Lorient and who have not lost their habit of navigating as a fleet. It was quite different from those who came from the Mediterranean. For them only road transport is feasible and many now have a greater appreciation of the fact that the maximum width of the boat was decided based on the maximum towing widths allowed on the road, thus avoiding the need to use a special transport. Just today German sailor Henrik Mazekowitz arrived in Douarnenez and after nearly twenty-four hours of driving with his Mini in tow, he asked permission from the race committee not to join the Port Rhu gathering until tomorrow after putting the boat in the water in the morning.

For latecomers who can not prove a case of force majeure, the rule is simple: there will be a financial penalty of €80 per day which will be donated to the lifeboat. While the Port Rhu never relaxes, the ladies of the Mini will enjoy a complimentary pamper session at the Thalasso Douarnenez. Seven of the ten female competitors taking part in the race have accepted the invitation. There are definitely some advantages to being part of the Mini Transat website
Wildwind 2016 660x82T Clewring J-classSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted today at 9:03 am
On the dock and on board with the 'fat bottomed girl'
Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission Adventures of a Sailor Girl, Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission and had chopped 27.5hrs off the trans-Atlantic Race Record for a manually powered monohull. The last time I was waiting for Comanche to arrive after achieving a goal that they had set out to achieve was a very different scene
Posted today at 5:25 am
SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi apply the pressure in Hamburg
Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act. 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ - A sunny day on the River Elbe coupled with a lively breeze saw SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi challenge Oman Air for honours on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Hamburg, but it’s Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act.
Posted today at 2:55 am
Comanche sets new trans-Atlantic Record - Video of the Finish
High definition video of Comanche crossing the virtual finish line off the Lizard to set a new monohull trans-Atlantic r High definition video of Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s supermaxi, Comanche setting a new, provisional world record for crossing the Atlantic for a monohull, in a manually powered sailing vessel of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds. The video was recorded on and off the boat as she crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, southern England.
Posted today at 1:06 am
Close fight around Wight on Day 6 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
20-25 knot winds and glorious sunshine made for one of the most memorable races around the Isle of Wight on record With a win for Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine (despite destroying a kite), and a second for Daniel Andrieu's Sun Fast 3200, Cifraline 4, France Blue have leapt ahead in the overall results, now holding a 35.5 lead margin over the second placed Flanders North Sea Team.
Posted on 29 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Azzurra concludes with a win
Azzurra closes PPSW, the third event in the series with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come Azzurra closes the PPSW in Mallorca, the third event in the series, with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come. Quantum is the Series’ current leader, followed by Azzurra.
Posted on 29 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing takes the prize
Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma, winning 2016 Puerto Portals Sailing Week, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec completed a notable comeback after a disappointing ninth at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche
Posted on 29 Jul
Oman Air faces some infamous challenges at Extreme Sailing Series
All teams made it onto the podium at some stage during the seven race programme, reflecting the degree of difficulty All seven teams made it onto the podium at some stage during the seven race programme, reflecting the degree of difficulty in achieving any sort of consistency in a very shifty and unstable breeze that topped out at a bracing 14 knots when all the GC32s catamarans took off on their foils and flew around the race course.
Posted on 29 Jul
Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy – 2 months to go to the 6th edition
The regatta is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition. The regatta, unique in its genre, is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition anniversary. Over the years, the Centenary trophy has gathered some of the most gorgeous and best performing classic yachts from the past century.
Posted on 29 Jul
Vendée Globe – Sébastien Destremau – Simplicity as a credo + Video
A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet. His credo is to keep it simple, inexpensive and effective. Interview with the skipper of faceOcean, winner of the Calero Solo Transat back in the spring.
Posted on 29 Jul