Transgascogne is the latest Mini race to have been held this season. For many it was the last opportunity for some competitors to qualify for the Mini Transat. Like Stan Maslard (Sefico Group), they had to finish everything before the race to justify the number of miles needed to have the right to start on 13 October in Douarnenez. It has also helped to strengthen the ambitions of many competitors along well ask leg of the competition before the big crossing.
The strong wind, no wind, tactical game, go back through the Bay of Biscay, which marks the route of the Transgascogne has offered a wide variety of circumstances where all talents have had the opportunity to express themselves. More importantly, the last race before the great confrontation will show here how the fleet this 2013 edition appears homogeneous.
Prototype: a favorite under threat
Difficult today not consider Gwénolé Gahinet as the favorite of the 2013 edition of the Mini Transat. The Trinidadian browser has dominated the pre-season head and shoulders since only Marie Agnes Peron Trophy eluded him in favor of Giancarlo Pedote. When more, there has been several editions as the winner of the Transgascogne wins behind the Mini-Transat, we say that the skipper Logways Watever is in an ideal position: a moral at the zenith, a perfect knowledge of his ship and competition must wonder how to stop his rise.
But the game is far from over. The opposition is getting stronger. We had already seen the potential Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian), absent from the Transgascogne, but other candidates point the tip of the bow. Bertrand Delesne (Teamwork) has lost none of its bite while Julien sprayer (Bounty Hunter)manages to get on the podium Transgascogne for his second race of the season. These four guys will also count on Stan Maslard and some serious outsiders as Louis Segre and Marie Benoit, never far from the forefront.
Series: hierarchy shaken
The dominance of Justine Mettraux (Teamwork) in the first races of the season it would be undermined? Swiss sailor knows all cases, it will be hard to cope with competition increasingly sharpened where candidates win jostle. His compatriot Simon Koster (Go for It), winner of the Transgascogne, is also a candidate entirely credible. Clement Bouyssou (No War) points regularly outposts for two years, and Aymeric Belloir (All the World Sing against Cancer), Champion of France in 2012 or even Renaud Mary ( www.Runo.fr ). It will now add some serious outsiders as Ian Lipinski (No Future without Digital) or even Damien Cloarec (Lomig) more confident. After a few months break, Jean-Marie Oger (Acebi) won a second place showing that the browser has regained his motivation and it will also count on him.
Update on Registration for the Mini Transat 2013
To date, 82 have been awarded places on the 84 places available. The two remaining seats are allocated to those normally prototypes built in the year. No prototype is currently under construction, August 25, the deadline for qualifying for the Mini Transat 2013, these two places should be reallocated to the first two competitors on the waiting list. There are currently 12 skippers on the waiting list of the 94 enrolled.
List of August 9 is downloadable here.
Douarnenez is about
For browsers, the nearly two months will be an opportunity to take a break, to recharge the batteries, make a few yards before finishing the Mini Transat. Meanwhile, Douarnenez continues to actively prepare the festivities that surround the start. The Port Museum will dedicate a souvenir exhibition will trace the history of the Mini-Transat, with some unpublished documents and a few surprises. The Douarnenez traders have invested in partnerships with local riders and associations rallies. What do the party to be as beautiful as possible in the early days of October.
The route 2013: return to origins
Step Douarnenez – Arrecife (Lanzarote): 1200000.
Step Arrecife – Pointe a Pitre: 2800000.
Dates to remember
La Grande Huit August 18, 2013
Prologue October 6, 2013.
Departure from Douarnenez October 13, 2013 at 13h. Check the Canaries between 23 and 26 October 2013.
Start Canary November 9, 2013. Arrival in Guadeloupe between 23 and 30 November 2013.
Douarnenez Races: organizer of the Mini Transat in 2013 and 2015
All associations of Douarnenez mobilized with the support of local and regional authorities under the auspices of Douarnenez Racing yacht clubs, and Douarnenez Sails Regatta Society of Douarnenez, the winches club organizes many years racing mini with Mini Fastnet and Peron Trophée Marie-Agnes torchbearers, but the association Holiday Maritimes, Atlantic Yacht Club, the Shipping Federation, and others who are preparing to fifteen days before departure, a festival of the sea and sailors. The competitors will be welcomed into the Port Rhu gem in the heart of the city.
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