Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Mini Transat - Confirmed enrolments 90% complete

by Solene Rennuit on 6 Jul 2013
Mini Transat 2013 © Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat http://www.minitransat.fr
The Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron and the Mini Fastnet have handed down their verdict. In rather mild weather conditions, nearly all the entered competitors successfully finished the races and many of them were able to validate their qualification for the Mini Transat. In addition several new competitors were able to get their passport to the great crossing.

The finish of the two great races in June and payment of the last installment of the registration fee have somewhat changed the final list of those registered for the Mini Transat. The misfortune of one became the happiness of others as many competitors who had achieved their qualifying miles were forced to throw in the towel in the absence of a reasonable budget to make the starting line. Today, the list of competitors entered is now 90% confirmed. There are still a few places to be allocated in the Prototypes and perhaps one or two last minute movements due to unforeseen cancellations.

In the Prototype, there was no waiting list, given that the quotas for the race are half Prototypes and half Series boats. The last few races have enabled Arthur Léopold-Léger, Gilles Avril, Annabelle Boudinot, Fanch Guiffant, Nolwen de Carlan and Robin Marais to join the list of contenders. In Series, there are five who benefit from the withdrawals, Erwan Pellen, Raphaël Marchand, Pierre-François Dargnies, Rafaëla Le Gouvello and Andrea Lacopini.

Others qualifying as foreign competitors, who could not make their qualifying run on time because of their geographical remoteness, include François Lamy of Guadeloupe. Also in the same situation are Stan Maslard and American Jeffrey Mac Farlane. Stan has only to complete the Transgascogne to achieve the number of miles required, while Jeffrey sees the last place for foreign competitors escaping his grip. But he can still hope to qualify for the quota because the full number of Prototypes on the start line may not be achieved.

Meanwhile in Douarnenez the organizers are taking stock of the two major pre-season races run from the Breton harbour. The Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron and the Mini Fastnet, both organized by the Winches Club de Douarnenez, have a number of lessons for the team in terms of logistical requirements. In particular the events gave the organizers of the Mini-Transat the opportunity to get to know the future competitors.

The town of Douarnenez is also being mobilized. Local merchants have initiated a sponsorship agreement with some 84 competitors who will be present at the start. Within days, the number of traders willing to engage in the adventure expanded. The principle is simple: each trader takes under his wing a competitor and helps them within the means and possibilities of their trade. Some competitors will benefit from a free a haircut on the eve of departure, while others may benefit from a final night in a hotel with fresh linens ...

Finally, in a joint initiative between the organizers and the Port Museum, a temporary exhibition will be devoted to the race, its history and its peculiar state of mind with testimonials from some of the biggest names in racing who have previously engaged in this adventure. Loick Peyron, VDH, Michel Desjoyeaux and Roland Jourdain will share anecdotes from their store of memories. The hunt for stories is open.

The course 2013: returns to its origins

Leg 1 - Douarnenez to Arrecife (Lanzarote): 1200 miles.
Leg 2 - Arrecife to Pointe a Pitre: 2800 miles.

Dates

Prologue October 6, 2013.
Start from Douarnenez October 13, 2013 at 13h.
Arrival in the Canary Islands between 23 and 26 October 2013.
Start from Canary Islands November 9, 2013.
Arrival in Guadeloupe between 23 and 30 November 2013.

All associations have mobilized Douarnenez 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 Mini Transat Website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignColligo Marine 660x82upffront 660x82

Related Articles

68 yachts line up for the first two races of J70 World Championship
In the second race, conditions ranged from 18-25 knots with choppy seas which left more than one competitor on his side After three days of “non San Francisco” conditions over the wekend-85 degrees with sailors waiting around for wind while complaining of it being to hot in the parking lot-“San Francisco” came back. In the second race of the day, conditions ranged from 18-25 knots with choppy seas which left more than one competitor on his side with the gennaker up.
Posted today at 4:25 pm
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's view of Day 2
Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Posted today at 11:39 am
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted today at 11:25 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's images from Day 1
Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones, Nioulargue for the Modern yachts, Pampelonne for the Wallys and the bay for the 15 m JIs, racing in an even swell and glorious sunshine. Most of the Classic yachts are not due to set sail until the second day of racing. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on hand to capture the acti
Posted today at 11:17 am
J-70 Worlds - San Francisco - Images from a fired up first day
Images and video of the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Videographer and photographer, John Navas was on the water on the Berkley Circle, San Francisco for the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in video and still images.
Posted today at 8:11 am
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Cut-throat competition on Day 1 in San Francisco
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Posted today at 4:09 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
Team France Jeune selects its group for Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare From 5 to 9 September, the city of Toulon played host to the second phase of the selection process launched by the Filière d’Excellence Team France (TF Excellence Network). After five days of events, Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau (the French Sailing Federation’s Technical Director) reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare
Posted on 27 Sep
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted on 27 Sep