Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Mini Transat - Giancarlo Pedote loses the lead

by Solene Rennuit on 26 Nov 2013
Benoit Marie (667 – benoitmarie.com)- 2013 Mini Transat ©Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013
In the Mini Transat, there's been a small revolution. Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian), who has reigned supreme since the start in Sada, has had his lead stolen away from him by Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com). Between the two leaders the race has a long way yet to run, but others can still hope. Rémi Fermin (Boreal) is now 60 miles from the fleet leaders despite being the furthest south from the great circle. In the series boats, as the days pass so Aymeric Belloir (Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer) looks ever closer to victory.

6% is the speed deficit, as of today, of his closest rivals, permitting Aymeric Belloir to hope for a finish at the head of the fleet in Guadeloupe. That's nearly half a knot in eight knots average speed. As yet nothing is guaranteed, but it certainly helps him to take a serene approach as he goes into the last week of the race. Behind him it remains intense between Justine Mettraux (TeamWork) and Simon Koster (Go 4 It). Jean- Baptiste Lemaire (L’œuvre du Marin Breton) has chosen to continue dipping south. The first boats should arrive in Guadeloupe between 1 and 2 December, but the road ahead may still be quite bumpy. There is a small low pressure centerd in an abnormally low position which is causing a complete failure of the trade winds. For now, those who bet on a southern route are reap dividends, but it may well be that the situation is reversed in the next two days. You have only to look at the routes of the soloists to see that no option ensures certainty.

Whilst ashore, we tend to be wary of those who change their minds too quickly, it seems that at sea it has become an admirable quality. A politician who accused his opponents of behaving like a weather vane, was aptly reminded that it is not the vane causing the rotation, but the wind. Hence the need to adapt. Julien Pulvé (MEXT-ICA), who seemed to have picked a southern option, now finds himself among the most northerly of the fleet. And with some gusto, as now holds sixth place in the prototypes. On the other hand, those who have been more consistent in their choice of track, like Rémi Fermin (Boreal) who is on a southern route, in now back up to 60 miles from the head of the fleet. And even this gap could melt in the blink of an eye as Rémi is closer to the direct route and the ranking is based on distance to the goal.

In the end, for prototypes and series boats alike, it seems that the first priority remains to take advantage of the wind shifts, and to be careful to sail angles that optimise progress towards the ultimate goal. In a message sent to the Race Director, Benoît Parnaudeau, aboard one of the support boats, confirmed the very unstable conditions over the Atlantic, including passing squalls that can be accompanied by sudden holes in the wind on their periphery. Today, the situation appears to have stabilised and in two days the singlehanders will get to test what look to be genuine trade winds. They will then have to negotiate their way around the small center of low pressure before then can drive on Guadeloupe. Mid-fleet, the most southerly competitors like Julien Marcelet (Nord Pas de Calais), Jerome d'Aboville (Bel), Thomas Guichard (Carrefour Bretagne) and Yoann Tricault (Schlüter Systems), will pass less than 300 miles from the Cape Verde Islands.

Yslab Ranking (series boats) at 16.00 (GMT +1)

1. Aymeric Belloir (810 – Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer) with 1421.9 nm to finish
2. Justine Mettraux (824 - TeamWork) + 89 nm
3. Simon Koster (819 – Go 4 it) + 104 nm
4. Jean-Baptiste Lemaire (607 – Œuvre du Marin Breton) + 197 nm
5. Tanguy Le Turquais (599 – Terréal Rêve d’enfance) + 318.7 nm

Cegelec / Eurovia Ranking (prototypes) at 16.00 (GMT +1)

1. Benoit Marie (667 – benoitmarie.com) with 1314.8 nm to finish
2. Giancarlo Pedote (747 – Prysmian) + 12.1 nm
3. Rémi Fermin (741 – Boréal) + 62.3 nm
4. Bruno Garcia (240 – Sampaquita) + 97.5 nm
5. Bertrand Delesne (754 – TeamWork Proto) + 127.5 Mini Transat website
NaiadAncasta Ker 40+ 660x82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

JJ Giltinan Trophy - More images from a funky Day 1 on Sydney Harbour
More images from Michael Chittenden from the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, Michael Chittenden was on the water for the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, sailed in a funky breeze, leaden skies and plenty of rain. Plus a 300 metre long cruise liner at one end of the course and a waka wall at the other
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Video of Conrad Colman finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race, which he completed under jury rig after being dismasted 700nm from the finish. In Foresight Natural Energy Colman became the first New Zealand sailor to complete the Vendee Globe, he also became the first in eight editions of the race to sail the entire race using only renewable energy sources.
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Heerema delayed by Biscay lows
With 16 boats now finished, eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. With 16 boats now finished, the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. Until now it was the 2000-2001 edition, with 24 starters and 15 finishers, which saw the biggest number of starters reach the end of their race at the legendary South Nouch buoy.
Posted on 25 Feb
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season with major victory at RORC C600
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season off with major victory at RORC Caribbean 600 Bella Mente Racing, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth, launched its 2017 campaign season with a major victory this week, winning IRC Overall, CSA Overall and CSA 1 at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua; The team took home coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the IRC win as well as the Bella Mente Trophy, the team’s namesake award, for being first IRC yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered.
Posted on 25 Feb
Cool drone footage of Dongfeng Race Team on the water
Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Stunning drone footage of the re-fitted Volvo Ocean 65 has been released as the team hit the water off the coast of Lisbon.
Posted on 25 Feb
49th Transpac early entry deadline approaches on March 1st
Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race is well underway Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race presented by the Los Angeles Times and organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club is well underway, with 52 monohull and multihull entries from nine nations already signed up for this biennial 2225-mile ocean race, one of the world's oldest having first been sailed in 1905.
Posted on 25 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 1
Live coverage of Race 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in the wind and rain Replay of Race 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in the wind and rain
Posted on 25 Feb
Hat-trick all around for Phaedo^3 in this year Caribbean 600
Lloyd Thornburg and crew of Phaedo^3 have gained not only line honours each time but also three wins in their class. Lloyd Thornburg and the crew of his MOD70 Phaedo^3 for the last three editions of the RORC Caribbean 600 have gained not only line honours each time but also three wins in their class.
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman's thoughts on his incredible performance
Colman was the first boat in the history of the race to finish using only natural energy, no fossil fuels After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero's welcome into Les Sables d'Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race he was also the first boat in the history of the race to finish using only natural energy, no fossil fuels.
Posted on 24 Feb
More winners announced in RORC Caribbean 600
As dawn broke on day five, crews who had finished the race were beginning to arrive back in Antigua. At Dawn on the fifth day, the leading Class40s were approaching the finish. Throughout the race, the battle in the class had been intense, with three yachts taking the lead at various points along the course.
Posted on 24 Feb