Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Mini Transat - We went after our dream

by Solene Rennuit on 8 Dec 2013
2013 Mini Transat ©Jacques Vapillon / Mini Transat 2013
In the Mini Transat, with each arrival brings the same deep happiness, the same relief to be able to say we went after our dream. They do not all express it in the same way, some are more exuberant than others. But everyone knows they battled their fears, sometimes against the hostile elements, at times with boredom. And they won the battle.

We expected no less of Nico Boidevezi. The skipper of Nature Addicts put on a show this morning as he crossed the finish line : with acrobatics on the bowsprit and a noisy expression of his relief at the passing line, the Alsatian browser has remained true to his reputation. And yet there he tied up his third Mini Transat. One might think, by dint of his accrue miles across the Atlantic, that he would become jaded, but one would be unfamiliar with the curious mixture of masochism and intense pleasure that comes with Mini ... This race is unique because it is as much about physical pleasure of skiing at the water's edge, than the permanent discomfort and travel in solitude. Paradoxically, without the sting, this competition across the Atlantic would not have is piquancy.

It is therefore no a coincidence that a few days after their arrival, the competitors continue to flit around the race village, hesitating to break the bonds that united them when they found themselves alone on the ocean, facing themselves. They all express it differently : the talk of technical problems, the choice of trajectories, the DIY tips, are all subtle devices to return them once again to this exceptional adventure. Crossing the Atlantic aboard a Mini is not trivial.

For the majority of the fleet, the witching hour has not yet come. They will have to fight again to win the last miles in a complicated weather regime. A storm front is currently developing to the north of the West Indies, breaking the trades, causing sudden changes of wind capable of rotating 180 degrees in minutes and varying by more than 30 knots at the same time. For Louis Segre (Roll my Chicken), these last few miles will be made easier because the boats of the organisation, family and friends are there to encourage the sailor in his last meters. They forget fatigue, minor injuries and rain soaking them to the bone to eagerly grasp the fun of these last few minutes.

Others must wait until Sunday to live those moments. Behind Louis, Michele Zambelli (Fontanot) and Annabelle Boudinot (Agro 650) continue sailing almost glued-together battling to gain ninth place. They could see Renaud Mary (www.runo.fr) blowing off their politeness by arriving on a more southerly route with a better wind angle. This three could arrive in Pointe-à-Pitre in the heart of the Caribbean night.

Behind them, the peloton of the series boats will tumble in with a sprint finish between Alberto Bona (onlinesim.it), Tanguy Le Turquais (Terreal Dream Childhood) and Jean-Baptiste Lemaire (L’œuvre du Marin Breton). Still further behind, another duel opposes Jérôme d'Aboville (Bel) and Damien Audrain (Gerinter). For them, the time to begin their introspection is after the finish line.

Last minute information: Louis Segre (Roll my Chicken) has crossed the finish of the Mini Transat at 13h32m47s local time (17h 32m 47s GMT).

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

7. Nicolas Boidevezi (719 – Nature Addicts) arrived at 12h 10mn 14s (GMT+1)
8. Louis Segré (679 – Roll my Chicken) + 21 nm
9. Michele Zambelli (342 – Fontanot) + 90.3 nm
10. Annabelle Boudinot (791 – Agro650) + 90.6 nm
11. Alan Roura (284 – Navman) + 145.9 nm

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

4. Renaud Mary (www.runo.fr) with 104.5 nm to finish
5. Alberto Bona (Onelinesim.it) + 54.1 nm
6. Tanguy Le Turquais (Terréal Rêve d’Enfance) + 54.2 nm
7. Jean-Baptiste Lemaire (L’œuvre du Marin Breton) + 59.9 nm
8. Jérôme d’Aboville (Bel) +81.5 Mini Transat website
Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignPredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

2017 RORC Caribbean 600 – More start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
2017 RORC Caribbean 600 start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiff images from Race 2 in the fresh breeze
Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs, and provided this image gallery for the day, in which Yamaha (NZ) took her second win from as many races in the seven race series. Today's race was sailed in a fresh offshore breeze, with yesterday's rain giving way to blue skies making for a magnificent day for skiff sailing.
Posted on 26 Feb
18ft skiffs - Yamaha has second win on Day 2 of JJ Giltinan Trophy
NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with another stunning victory in today’s Race 2 of the championship on Sydney Harbour. With eyes set firmly on becoming the first New Zealand team to win the coveted crown on Sydney Harbour, David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins sailed another faultless race to win by 1m14s
Posted on 26 Feb
Clipper Round the World - Meet the 2017-18 crew - Greg Schey
Greg Schey is well on road to achieving that dream, after completing third of four sail training levels this week “I’ve always wanted to sail around the world. Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, one thing that I’ve always said is that’s what I want to do.” Greg Schey, a 27-year-old doctor from Swansea, Wales, is well on the road to achieving that dream, after completing the third of four sail training levels this week ahead of setting off for full circumnavigation in the Clipper 2017-18 Race this summer.
Posted on 26 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 2
Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts
Posted on 26 Feb
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