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Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Gran Canaria ESP - Martinique FRA

Sunday, 22. September 2019– Tuesday, 15. October 2019

Website: https://www.minitransat.fr/

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Saturday, November 23, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 21/Final Day

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 21/Final Day Three solo-skippers were still underway at the Mini-Transat this morning UTC, but their arrival in Le Marin on Martinique is definitely expected today, as the backmarker of the fleet, Georges Kick FRA, age 64, had only 80nm left. As always, roughly half of the participants are adventurers wanting to fulfill the dream of a solo Atlantic crossing. ----- The event website presents stories of the finishers of yesterday. ----- The race tracker and the videos.
Sunday, November 17, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 15, three Protos and three Series Minis finished

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 15, three Protos and three Series Minis finished Meanwhile, the first three Protos, as well as Series Mini have reached Le Marin on Martinique. Morten Bogacki GER defended rank 3 in the Protos behind François Jambou FRA and Axel Trehin FRA ahead of a number of latest-generation boats. ----- In the Series Minis, Nicolas D'Estais FRA and Benjamin Ferré FRA complete the podium behind Ambrogio Beccaria ITA. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, November 16, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14, Beccaria ITA 3rd overall is the superior Production Mini winner

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14, Beccaria ITA 3rd overall is the superior Production Mini winner Only 23 hours after the Protos winner François Jambou FRA, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA arrived at Le Marin FRA yesterday with this Series Protos as 3rd overall. The Italian, first in leg one already, is herewith the superior winner in his class. Nicolas D'Estais FRA was 38nm away this morning UTC and will arrive today. ----- The next to finish in the Protos with 61nm left will be Morten Bogacki GER on 3rd. His advantage on the 4th was 23nm at the last position update. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the Beccaria victory.
Saturday, November 16, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14, Beccaria ITA 3rd overall is the superior Production Mini winner

Only 23 hours after the Protos winner François Jambou FRA, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA arrived at Le Marin FRA yesterday with this Series Protos as 3rd overall. The Italian, first in leg one already, is herewith the superior winner in his class. Nicolas D'Estais FRA was 38nm away this morning UTC and will arrive today. ----- The next to finish in the Protos with 61nm left will be Morten Bogacki GER on 3rd. His advantage on the 4th was 23nm at the last position update. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the Beccaria victory.
Friday, November 15, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 13 - line honors for Jambou FRA

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 13 - line honors for Jambou FRA After 12 days and 2 hours, the line honors of the Mini Transat leg 2 from Grand Canaria ESP to Martinique/French Caribbeans went to François Jambou FRA on his Protos Mini. This morning UTC, Axel Tréhin FRA, winner of leg 1, finished on rank 2 with a 13 hour backlog. Jambou, only one hour behind Tréhin in leg one, is therefore the overall winner of the 2019 Mini Transat. Morten Bogacki GER on 3rd is expected to arrive by tomorrow only. His advance on rank 4 was 25nm this morning. ----- The next solo-skipper to finish in elapsded time will be the winner in the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA. He was 75nm from the port of destination in Le Marin this morning UTC. Nicolas D'Estai FRA on the 2nd position was 90nm behind the Italian. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, November 14, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 12, Jambou FRA to take the line honors today

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 12, Jambou FRA to take the line honors today Today, François Jambou FRA will cross the finish line in Martinique as superior winner in the Mini Protos. 116nm before the arrival, his advance on Axel Tréhin FRA was 98nm. Morten Bogacki GER and Erwan Le Mené 2nm behind will fight for rank 3. ----- No doubt about the winner in the Series Minis, as the leading Ambrogio Beccaria ITA was 95nm ahead of Benjamin Ferré FRA with 270nm left to the finish. ----- The race tracker and the daily news.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 11, final approach to Martinique, line honours tomorrow

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 11, final approach to Martinique, line honours tomorrow The Minis are approaching Martinique in the French Caribbeans and this morning UTC, Francis Jambou FRA, the leader in the Protos, was 350nm from the arrival, ETA tomorrow. His advantage on Axel Tréhin FRA remained at 100nm. Erwan Le Menée FRA and Morten Bogacki GER 12nm behind will fight for rank 3. ----- Almost as big is the advance of Ambrogio Beccaria ITA int the Series-Minis. This morning, he was 74nm ahead of the duo Benjamin Ferré FRA and Nicolas D'Estais FRA, separated by 4nm and fighting for rank 2. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Monday, November 11, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 9, Jambou FRA 750nm away from Martinique

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 9, Jambou FRA 750nm away from Martinique 750nm were left for François Jambou FRA, leading in the Protos, this morning UTC. With an advance of 100nm on Axel Tréhin FRA, only an equipment failure in the frequent thunderstorms with gusts of up to 40kn can stop him from winning the Transat 2019. Ambrigio Beccaria ITA in the Series-Minis is also on a good track to victory, as his advantage of 68nm on the 2nd-ranked Nicolas d'Estais FRA was confortable this morning UTC. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Sunday, November 10, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 8 - trade winds of up to 35kn

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 8 - trade winds of up to 35kn The overall leader François Jambou FRA extended his lead in the Mini Protos on Axel Tréhin FRA to 102nm. In the Series-Minis fleet, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA is clearly keeping the lead with a 55nm advance. ----- Fresh trade winds with gusts of up to 35kn are still prevailing, challenging the solo skippers and more and more also the boats, some reporting equipment failures already. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Saturday, November 9, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 7, clear leaders at half-distance to Martinique

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 7, clear leaders at half-distance to Martinique At half-distance of a very fast leg 2 with average speeds of over 10kn, François Jambou FRA has an 83nm advance on Axel Tréhin FRA in the Protos. The closest opponent of Jambou remains Ambrogio Beccaria ITA as first Series-Mini with a 35nm backlog this morning UTC. Second in the Series is Benjamin Ferré FRA 51nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports (in French, English and Spanish
Friday, November 8, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 6, leaders in both classes extending the advantage

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 6, leaders in both classes extending the advantage During the past 24 hours, François Jambou FRA has been extending his lead on Axel Tréhin FRA in the Protos Minis to 98nm. The first Series Mini of Ambrogio Beccaria ITA, only 30nm behind the overall leader Jambou FRA, had a 57nm advantage on Benjamin Ferré FRA on the 2nd position in the Series. ----- Sailing at average speeds above 10kn, the Minis are making good progress in the well-established trade winds. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, November 7, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 5, Jambou FRA Protos and Beccaria ITA Series clear leaders

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 5, Jambou FRA Protos and Beccaria ITA Series clear leaders Astoundingly, some Series-Minis can still keep the speed of the Protos after 5 race days. Behind the dominating overall leader François Jambou FRA already 75nm ahead of the 2nd-ranked Proto, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA follows as first of the Series Mini only 13nm behind Jambou. Benjamin Ferré FRA on the 2nd place of the Series follows 35nm back still in front of the 2nd Proto of Axel Tréhin FRA. ----- The race tracker and the daily news.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 4 - the fast ride to the Caribbeans goes on

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Day 4 - the fast ride to the Caribbeans goes on The 82 Minis are chasing direction Martinique in fresh trade winds exceeding 20kn, perfect conditions for a fast race. With 291,47nm in 24hrs (= 12,kn average), Florian Quenot FRA estalished a new record for the Mini Class yesterday. ----- Astonishing the performance of Ambrogio Beccaria ITA on a brand-new scow-type Series Mini, not only clearly leading in his class, but even on the 2nd position overall only 11nm behind the Protos leader François Jambou FRA. ----- Propelled by the trade winds, the fast ride to the Caribbeans will persist for at least another 12 days ...... a stress test for the solo skippers and the boats ! ----- The race tracker, the daily news and the event website.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 13 - South or West ?

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 13 - South or West ? This morning UTC, François Jambou FRA was on top of the Protos Minis 5,3nm ahead of Tanguy Bouroullec FRA on 2nd and Axel Tréhin FRA 17.7nm behind on 3rd. In the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA had already an advantage of 16.4nm on Benjamin Ferré FRA. Kéni Piperol FRA was 34nm behind the leader. ----- 48 hours after the start to leg two from the Canaries to the Caribbeans, two major options are taking shape on the Atlantic chessboard. The bulk of the fleet has chosen to head West, the closer route but exposed to lighter winds. Other competitors are going South, lengthening the distance but expecting steadier trade winds. The lateral separation was 350nm this morning and is constantly growing. ---- The race tracker, the daily news and the event website.
Monday, November 4, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 2, the overall dominators ahead again

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 2 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 2, the overall dominators ahead again Last Saturday, the start to the second leg of the Mini-Transat was given on the Canary Islands for the 84 solo-skippers still in the race across the Atlantic to Martinique FRA in the Caribbeans. ----- Ambrogio Beccaria ITA, winner of leg one, leads the Series Minis with a 13nm advantage on Benjamin Ferré FRA. ----- With Tanguy Bouroullec FRA, François Jambou FRA and Axel Tréhin FRA, the dominators of leg one are ahead also now, with the Foiler Minis in advantage in the rear trade winds. ----- The race tracker and the daily news.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 11, eleven boats still underway

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 11, eleven boats still underway Yesterday, the bulk of the Mini-Transat fleet arrived at the port of call Las Palmas / Gran Canaria ESP. This morning UTC, 10 Series Minis and Proto were still underway. ----- The race tracker with results and the news. ----- The start to leg two across the Antlantic Ocean to the Caribbeans will be given on November 2.
Monday, October 14, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 9, Trehin FRA Protos and Beccaria ITA Series Minis winners

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 9, Trehin FRA Protos and Beccaria ITA Series Minis winners  Against all odds, the winner of the Mini Transat leg one in Las Palmas/Canary Islands ESP this morning 4.30 hrs UTC was Axel Trehin FRA on his Protos overtaking the previous clear leader François Jambou FRA in the very last moment and crossing the finish line with a 6 minute margin. On rank 3 followed Tanguy Bouroullec FRA 30 min behind. Marie Gendron FRA will arrive shortly as 4th. ----- Already in Las Palmas are meanwhile also the first Series Minis with Ambrogio Beccaria ITA as winner and Félix De Navacelle FRA and Mathieu Vincent FRA on the ranks 2 and 3. ----- The Race-Tracker and the news.
Sunday, October 13, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 8, Jambou FRA to arrive this afternoon UTC

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 8, Jambou FRA to arrive this afternoon UTC The 84 Minis still racing progress very slowly direction port of call Las Palmas on Gran Canaria ESP. François Jambou FRA will cross the finish line with his Proto this afternoon as winner. 62nm were left this morning UTC. His advantage on Tanguy Bouroullec FRA was 30nm. ----- In the Series Minis, the situation remains open with Ambrogio Beccaria ITA 15nm ahead of Félix De Navacelle FRA and 130nm left to Las Palmas. ----- The race tracker and the news
Friday, October 11, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 6, slow down, no changes on top

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 6, slow down, no changes on top François Jambou FRA was still leading in the Protos this morning UTC with a 35nm advantage on Axel Tréhin FRA. No change on top of the Series Minis either with Ambrogio Beccaria ITA as first 14nm ahead of Félix De Navacelle FRA. 86 participants are still in the race. ----- The fast ride yesterday lasted only till the morning when the breeze started to vanish. Light winds will probably prevail for the rest of leg 1, ETA Sunday morning. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 4, leader change in the fast ride to the Canaries

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 4, leader change in the fast ride to the Canaries François Jambou FRA has taken the lead in the Protos ahead of Axel Tréhin FRA 6nm behind. In the Series Minis, the dominating leader Ambrogio Beccaria ITA dropped on rank 8 during the past night. Guillaume L'Hostis FRA followed by Julien Letissier FRA are new on top. As only ones bypassing the cargo ship exclusion zone westward, they took advantage of the fresher winds. ----- In freshening rear winds, the fleet passed Cape Finisterre yesterday. The second half of leg one will most probably be a fast ride under the overpowered spinakers. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 3, fleet still closely together, no major position changes

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 3, fleet still closely together, no major position changes First this morning UTC was still Axel Tréhin FRA in the Protos, while Ambrogio Beccaria ITA kept the lead in the Series-Minis. ----- Yesterday, the wind turned West forcing the fleet on an upwind course without major influence on the positions. The gaps between the boats are still minimal in the approach to Cape Finisterre at the Northwestern point of Spain to be passed today. ----- The Race-Tracker und die news.
Monday, October 7, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 2, fast ride across the Gulf of Biscay

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 2, fast ride across the Gulf of Biscay At 5 a.m. UTC this morning, Axel Tréhin FRA with his Protos Mini was in the lead 7nm ahead of François Jambou FRA. In the Series Minis, the favorite Ambrogio Bellaria ITA was on first followed by Felix De Navacelle FRA 2nm behind. ----- Well-established westerly winds on the Gulf of Biscay propelled the 87 Minis at high speeds, with the foiling Protos in command. ----- The race tracker and the daily news.
Sunday, October 6, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1, 87 Solo Skippers departed direction Canary Islands

87-Solo-Skippers started yesterday to leg one of the Mini-Transat direction Las Palmas/Canary Islands ESP with two different strategies. One group opted for a Northern course based on favorable wind forecasts, a minority is preferring the direct way to Cap Finisterre at the most Northwestern point of Spain. ----- The fleet progressing well in a 20kn breeze was still closely together this morning UTC. ----- Leader in the Protos was Vincent Lancien FRA 0,1nm ahead of Franck Colin FRA. ----- In the Series Minis, most on a direct route, Louis-Xavier Lamiraud FRA is on position one half-a-mile in front of Christophe Noguet FRA. ----- The race tracker, the daily news and the video.
Saturday, October 5, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Start today 09.30h UTC

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Start today 09.30h UTC The 87 solo skippers of the Mini-Transat have been forced to wait during two weeks for a favorable weather window avoiding the heavy storm fronts passing over the Bay of Biscay. Today at 09.30 UTC, the start of leg one direction Canaries will finally be given. Light to moderate winds have been announced for the coming two days, when another depression with northerly winds will reach the fleet providing for a fast downwind race. ----- The preview. ----- As usual, the race can be followed over GPS tracking.
Thursday, October 3, 2019   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Start next Saturday

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Start next Saturday The waiting game is over for the 87 solo skippers competing in the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat. Initially scheduled for Sunday 22 September, the starting signal for the first leg (La Rochelle/Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) will finally sound on Saturday, October 5 for a scheduled start at 10:30 hours CET. ----- The news and the event website.
Monday, September 30, 2019   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Start postponed once more

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Start postponed once more The persisting storms over the Bay of Biscay inhibited the start to the Mini-Transat yesterday again. Until Tuesday, winds above 40kn have been forecast. Comes in addition, that the hurricane 'Lorenzo' devastating the Acores currently, is expected for Saturday. It remains to be seen, when a weather window will allow the start to this traditional two-leg transatlantic race for the 6.50 metre mini yachts. ----- The news.
Monday, September 23, 2019   (Image © Christope Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Gran Canaria ESP - Martinique FRA, the Prologue

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Gran Canaria ESP - Martinique FRA, the Prologue Instead of the start to the Mini-Transat, postponed on Wednesday due to storms over the Bay of Biscay, the 87 Solo-Skippers participated yesterday in a 34nm Prologue off La Rochelle FRA. ----- Here the video (in facebook quality only). The ranking list was not yet available this morning UTC, but a report has been posted.
Sunday, September 22, 2019   (Image © Christope Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Start postponed, 87 participants/10 nations, no North Americans

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Start postponed, 87 participants/10 nations, no North Americans The start to the Mini-Transat, planned for today Sunday, has been postponed due to the stormy weather over the Bay of Biscay. Wednesday at the earliest, the race could be started. ----- Today, a 34-mile Prologue is on the program. ----- The news (in French, English and Spanish). ----- 87 Solo-Skippers from 10 nations, among them 6 women, are on the entry list .without North Americans. ----- The event website.


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