Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Botin Fast40

Leg one Mini Transat debriefing, Dragons and J/80 North Americans

by David Schmidt 15 Oct 08:00 PDT October 15, 2019
2019 Mini-Transat La Boulangère © Christophe Breschi

While the sailing world is aglow with news, images and videos of the new AC75 class yachts, four of which have now been launched, the 1,350 nautical mile Mini-Transat La Boulangère race, which is contested aboard far smaller and significantly more humble vessels, is also unfurling, giving fans of offshore sailing reason to constantly refresh their web browsers. This two-stage offshore event saw a fleet of 87 solo sailors depart from La Rochelle, France, on Saturday, October 5, with the bows of their production and prototype Classe Mini sailboats (read: two classes) aimed for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

As mentioned, the Mini-Transat La Boulangère race features racing in both the prototype and production classes, with the former serving as a development platform for the class and for high-performance monohulls in general. After eight days, 17 hours and 58 minutes, 31-year-old skipper Axel Tréhin (FRA), sailing aboard Project Rescue Ocean, crossed the finishing line of leg one in first place in the prototype class.

"This first leg really had it all," said Tréhin in an official press release. "There was breeze, less breeze, some upwind, some downwind and a bit of reaching.... There were moments where strategy was called for and others where pure speed was the order of the day. It was really interesting."

Tréhin was joined by skippers François Jambou (FRA) and Tanguy Bouroullec (FRA) on the prototype class' leaderboard.

Meanwhile, 27-year-old skipper Ambrogio Beccaria (ITL), sailing aboard his Pogo 3 Classe Mini Geomag, took line honors in the production class with a time of 8 days, 19 hours and 52 minutes. Skipper Félix De Navacelle (FRA) took second place, while Matthieu Vincent (FRA) took third place.

"I am so happy!" reported Beccaria in an official regatta press release. "I didn't think I was in the lead... I thought everyone was positioned to the West and with the breeze kicking back in from the South-West, I believed I'd lost it all, especially as I knew that Félix [De Navacelle] was very close. As such, I stopped myself sleeping and eating for at least 15 hours in a bid to sail as quickly as possible and not have any regrets."

Also in Europe, the venerable Dragon class enjoyed their 90th Anniversary Regatta on the Mediterranean waters off of Italy's beautiful Yacht Club Sanremo. Racing took place in modern and classic Dragons (the latter being built prior to 1972), with an impressive 150 teams on the starting line of this high-level event. Jens Christensen, Anders Bagger and Thomas Schmidt earned the championship title, while Ivan Bradbury, Malte Phillip and Claus Oelsen earned top standing amongst the classic Dragons.

"This has been an extraordinary event, to see first of all so many Dragons all together and also to have that big race where we were all on the start line together," said America's Cup veteran Peter Gilmour, who finished the 90th anniversary regatta in fourth place. It's been a difficult week to get all the racing in, but we have a winner and that's exciting. I'll never forget in 2001 when they held the anniversary event for the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, and this is just as significant."

And finally, much closer to home, the J/80 North Americans unfurled last weekend on the waters of New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee in unseasonably light winds that saw skipper Henry Tomlinson's Aegir (USA 487) team take top honors. Aegir was joined on the winner's podium by Bill and Shannon Lockwood's Shenanigans (USA 1004) and Lek Dimarucot's USA 175 (USA 85).

Sail-World tips our hat to all of these great sailors, and we wish the sailors competing in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère safe passage as they prepare for the second and final leg of their transoceanic voyage, which will take the fleet from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Martinique's bay of Le Marin.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt
Sail-World.com North American Editor

Related Articles

Debriefing the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre
Latest Sail-World USA newsletter from David Schmidt While the winds were much lighter than average for this weekend's Round the County Race here in the Pacific Northwest, conditions were significantly more boisterous in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre. Posted today at 4:00 pm
Shredded Cabbage
It's a handy ingredient for dim sims, coleslaw, burritos, soups, and a bunch of other dishes It's a handy ingredient for dim sims, coleslaw, burritos, soups, and a bunch of other dishes. It is not so flash when it comes to ocean racing, however. Sail makers often refer to them as CVDs, or Commercially Viable Days... Posted on 10 Nov
Mark Light on the Clipper Round The World Race
An interview with Mark Light about the 2019/2020 edition of the Clipper Round The World Race I checked in with Mark Light, race director of the Clipper Round The World Race, via email, to learn more about this demanding, pay-to-play race-cum-adventure experience.  Posted on 7 Nov
Get on the Water with Borrow a Boat
We caught up with Matt Ovenden about their plans to make getting out on the water accessible to all We caught up with Matt Ovenden, founder of BorrowaBoat.com, recent sponsors of Southampton Boat Show and industry innovators, about their plans to make getting out on the water accessible to all. Posted on 7 Nov
Keith Whittemore on winning the 2019 J/24 Worlds
An interview with Keith Whittemore about winning the 2019 J/24 Worlds I checked in with Keith Whittemore, 2019 J/24 World Champion skipper, via email, to learn more about his team's proud win in this highly competitive class. Posted on 6 Nov
TJV drama, Mini Transat update, Paris 2024 updates
Latest Sail-World USA newsletter from David Schmidt If you're an ocean-racing junkie, November can be a thirsty month in North America. Fortunately, this year's fix comes in the form of the biennial Transat Jacques Vabre, which involves doublehanded racing aboard IMOCA 60s, Multi 50s and Class 40s. Posted on 5 Nov
Shirley Robertson on her new sailing podcast
An interview with Shirley Robertson about her new Sailing Podcast I checked in with Shirley Robertson, host of Shirley Robertson's Sailing Podcast, via email, to learn more about her great podcast, and the kind of stories that motivate her as a world-class, multi-media sailing journalist. Posted on 5 Nov
It's a beautiful world
So yes if you are old enough, dust off your flowerpot hats, and sing away in memory of Devo So yes if you are old enough, dust off your flowerpot hats, and sing away in memory of Devo. Of course if you are not old enough to remember the new wave, post-punk, alternative, synth pop, rock band, you could be wondering why is he devastated. I'm not. Posted on 3 Nov
Debbie Huntsman on the 2019 WOWZR!
An interview with Debbie Huntsman about the 2019 Women on the Water Zonie Regatta I checked in with Debbie Huntsman, event chair of the 2019 Women on the Water Zonie Regatta, via email, to learn more about this exciting event. Posted on 31 Oct
A look at the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre
Latest Sail-World newsletter from David Schmidt in the USA The fleet contesting the biennial Transat Jacques Vabre departed Le Harve, France, on Sunday, October 27, bound for Brazil's Salvador de Bahia. American interests are being represented in this by Charlie Enright, co-skipper of 11th Hour Racing. Posted on 29 Oct
Marine Resources 2019 - FooterSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomPandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Footer