Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Mini Transat fleet sets sail for Sada November 12

by Solene Rennuit on 12 Nov 2013
Mini Transat 2013 Sea & Co http://www.seaandco.net/
In the Mini Transat, come November 12 at 17.30 local time, the start for the race from Sada to Pointe a Pitre will take place. The wind is moving into the northern sector, allowing the Minis sail in their favourite way, carrying the breeze from behind. More importantly, the start would not have been possible without the determination of the competitors and the extraordinary chain of solidarity that has been unbroken since the start from Douarnenez.

Finally! For the first time since October 13, the Azores anticyclone has deigned to give the race a break and northerly winds are forecast for the tip of Spain. For the Minis, docked in Sada since October 30 or who have been making the tough passage between Gijon and the Galician port, it will be time to do what they came to do, an exceptional race to Guadeloupe on the other side of the Atlantic. The last delivery convoy competitors, who had chosen to wait until the weather moderated considerably in the area, arrived between midnight and early morning with the exception of the Estonian Jaanus Tamme (Ropeye ) who arrived in the late afternoon. The weather forecasts indicate a sustained north to north-easterly wind which should allow for rapidly progress downwind.

There is a real strategic choice for the competitors. The optimised routings offer a route well offshore from Cape Finisterre with the risk of encountering up to or more than 35 knot winds. Alternatively they can follow a route close to the coast that offers much more manageable conditions, so it is a real choice of which path the competitors will chose according to their strategy, their ability to perform well in the breeze, and their desire to wrestle with the elements.

Tonight at 19.00, the competitors have their final briefing before the big leap. This is an opportunity to make a last weather check to review the conditions for a technical stop (not less than 12 hours and not more than 72 hours) to dissect one last time the course and the Puerto Calero gate, located in front of the city of Arrecife. If the Mini Transat is finally underway, it is largely thanks to a chain of solidarity that has rallied around the event. It is through the contacts established over many years between the Finistérien and Galician event organisers that it was possible to impliment the Sada stopover. Similarly, the links established between Douarnenez and Gijon during the Barquera helped in the mobilisation of officials from Marina Gijon who have bent over backwards to assist the nearly seventy Minis who arrived unexpected on their pontoons. Puerto Calero in Lanzarote, is obviously disappointed not to be able to welcome the fleet, but the port officials have already said that this is only a postponement. In Guadeloupe, the authorities in Pointe à Pitre have rescheduled the planned festivities so that the maximum number of competitors can participate.

The tenacious competitors, the partners who have been able to respond in a timely manner; despite the uncertainties with which the organiser of the 2013 edition have had to juggle the Mini Transat is still as fit as a fiddle. By navigating the 3,700 miles that will take them to Pointe a Pitre, the fleet is preparing to write a unique new page in the history books of a race that remains decidedly atypical.

Bertrand Nardin, Président de Douarnenez Courses: 'Despite all the hardships and misfortunes, a new start for the Mini Transat is well underway. It has been difficult for everyone, firstly for the competitors who have faced difficult weather conditions, endless frustrations and had to deal with complex choices on the rally to Sada. I also think that the organising team has found the flexibility to adapt to the stresses generated by the situation. Finally, without the chain of support that we found in both Gijon and Sada, and without the renewed confidence of our partners in Puerto Calero or Pointe-à-Pitre, the Mini Transat would have had to face much more significant turbulence. I thank them ... '

Jacques Bangou, Maire de Pointe-à-Pitre: 'In Pointe-à-Pitre we have been working attentively on this epic challenge for many months. We welcome the news that a start can finally be made for what will be a new adventure, a long race, a great race. We stand ready and you look forward to welcoming you with impatience. We wish you fair winds. '

List of competitors racing as of 11 November 2013 available here. Mini Transat website
Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Helm Events 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race – Leopard 3 due to finish sunrise Wednesday
Leopard is 600 miles ahead of their nearest rival, Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder's Dutch Maxi Marten 72, Aragon At 1200 UTC Mike Slade's British Maxi, Leopard 3 was 240 miles from Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada and expected to take Monohull Line Honours at around sunrise on Wednesday. Leopard is nearly 600 miles ahead of their nearest rival, Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder's Dutch Maxi Marten 72, Aragon.
Posted today at 4:19 pm
French skippers dominate entry list for 2018 Golden Globe Race
30,000 mile solo, non-stop round the world race is being staged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original race The 30,000 mile solo, non-stop round the world race is being staged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race back in 1968/9 which led to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston becoming the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world.
Posted today at 4:05 pm
Clipper Race skipper given special honour at French Sailing Awards
Olivier Cardin was recognised with a special award at last night’s French Sailing Federation’s flagship award ceremony. Olivier Cardin was recognised with a special award at last night’s French Sailing Federation’s flagship award ceremony, the Soiree des Champions.
Posted today at 2:45 pm
2017 America's Cup tickets will go on sale on 9th December
Six teams, representing USA, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, France, Sweden, will race incredible hydrofoiling yachts The six teams, representing the USA, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, France and Sweden, will race incredible hydrofoiling yachts on a stadium-style racecourse on Bermuda’s Great Sound which will make the events in Bermuda among the hottest tickets in world sport in 2017.
Posted today at 1:56 pm
Connecting Team Bridge at the Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne
Eldest son Ollie is hoping for a top two finish and his 17 year-old brother Guy will be pushing for top three. Consider the logistics of three teenage boys of varying ages all playing the same equipment heavy sport. Now imagine the coordination required for the Bridge family of kiters currently in Australia for an extended southern hemisphere tour that includes the IKA Formula Kite Open division
Posted today at 1:35 pm
Oman Air up the game in preparation for Extreme Sailing Series finale
A two-point lead at the top of the table, backed up by a winning habit and extra training, has boosted confidence levels A precious two-point lead at the top of the table, backed up by a winning habit and extra training, has boosted confidence levels ahead of Team Oman Air’s final push
Posted today at 1:22 pm
Superyacht Cup 2017 – A Tour de Force of Regatta winning potential
Even though we'll need to lie in wait for 21st edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup, the entry list is already shaping up Even though we'll need to lie in wait for the 21st edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup, which will take place from the 21st until the 24th of June, the entry list is already shaping up to be a powerful tour de force of regatta-winning-potential
Posted today at 12:56 pm
Good start to Sailing World Cup Melbourne for Aussies
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won the first race in convincing style and finished the second race of the day in second place The Aussie duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won their first race in convincing style, and finished the second race of the day in second place. They are currently in first place overall, two points ahead of the Japanese pairing of Takayama and Imamura.
Posted today at 12:23 pm
RNZYS Performance Programme ready to challenge on Sydney Harbour
The team will be led by Kiwi Chris Steele, who brings experience as a two-time New Zealand Match Racing champion. The team will be led by Kiwi Chris Steele, who brings experience as a two-time New Zealand Match Racing champion, as well as GC32 expertise.
Posted today at 11:51 am
Sailing World Cup Final– Chat with two coaches and a media boat driver
Enjoy the action from two very different, but both successful coaches here at the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne. Enjoy the action from two very different, but both successful coaches here at the Sailing World Cup in Melbourne.
Posted today at 11:27 am