The Mini Transat scenario proposed yesterday by the Race Director, to start the 84 strong fleet on Friday with a stopover in Gijon, has ultimately has not been chosen. The option of a start early next week seems to be confirmed.
The window of opportunity to start the fleet tomorrow, Friday, is closed. The Race Director and meteorologists have identified that the weather window is too short and does not allow the entire fleet to reach the Spanish coast before the arrival of very strong winds coupled with a large swell (35 knots, 6m swell) .
However, scenario number two - a start early next week - is it still viewed with optimism. The weather window seems to be confirmed, suggesting an opportunity to send the fleet on the direct route to Lanzarote on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
The Mini Transat therefore returns to Code Red - no planned departure within 36 hours.
Mini Transat website
by Solene Rennuit
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7:44 PM Thu 24 Oct 2013GMT
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