Mini Transat La Boulangère – tomorrow the start of the second stage
Tomorrow from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will start the second leg of the Mini Transat solo race every two years for boats of 6 meters and a half. The solitary divided into 83 categories Proto (21) and series (62) are finalizing preparations for the ocean crossing that will take them to Le Marin in Martinique for a total of 2680 miles.
The first stage, from La Rochelle to Las Palmas, saw Ambrose Beccaria of Geomag win in the category Series with a lead of 1 hour and 43 minutes of Félix De Navacelle and 2 hours and 40 minutes of Matthieu Vincent, the advantage gained will add up to the time of the second stage to determine the final rankings. In the category Series other Italians in the race are Mark Buonanni of Bandolero-Caerus 33rd, Luigi Dubini of The Doctor 37th, Daniele Nanni Audi E-Tron 55th and Alessio Campriani of Italy Sailing Club Center 56th. In the category Proto the first in the standings is Axel Trehin followed by Francois Jambou and Tanguy Bouroullec, Matthew Sericano of Eight Cube ended the first stage in seventh place with a gap from the first three hours and 13 minutes and Luca Rosetti of Maccaferri / Cel is 19th in 9 hours and 16 minutes.
“I can not wait to leave – said from Las Palmas Ambrose Beccaria – this break was very long but I understand that the organizers have had to keep a sufficient period of time between one stage and the other in order not to be in the situation of ‘2013 edition when, because of the postponement of the first start, you have had to change the path to making a single step rather than the traditional two fractions. the first stage went very well, we planned the choice to go to Portugal, although, with hindsight, maybe I should delay a little bit the first jibe, I understand that many people are concerned about seeing me go alone to the coast but on the edge, not having the opponents’ positions and getting the weather situation every 24 hours, I have another perception of the race. and ‘everything went very well; the spinnaker small works fine, autopilot worked very well and this allowed me to concentrate on race strategy.
The report for the second stage is now quite stable even if it is not well-defined strategy to be adopted; small differences can create big gaps. At first we must be attentive to the passage between the islands and then be careful to understand how far south to go and when to start doing the west. Here the environment is now relaxed and we Italians are ready, perhaps as never before, we have dedicated time and effort in the preparation and the results are seen with all the Italian boats arrive in good condition at Las Palmas. Me and Geomag we are ready and we look forward to the ocean crossing. ”
The departure is scheduled for tomorrow at 13 local time.