Mini Transat 2013 Press Release
Douarnenez, 27 October 2013
Mini Transat – Start Postponed
The Mini Transat goes to Code Green
A start early this week is confirmed
Competitors mobilised on Sunday
Taking maximum profit from the northwesterly regime
Paradoxically, it is at the moment that the storm will be at its strongest as it sweeps the tip of Brittany that the competitors of the Mini Transat will gather to prepare for their departure once the bad weather passes. The start is scheduled for Tuesday morning or Monday night if conditions permit.
The traditional 18.00 weather briefing was charged with electricity on Sunday evening. Because, obviously, the time has finally come for the Minis go stretch their keels and head southwest to Lanzarote. The first hours of the race should take place in a strong wind from the northwest, which will allow the singlhanders to quickly eat through the first few miles of the race. Then the wind will in fact ease, before an expected return to a stronger southwesterly regim as they round Cape Finisterre in the afternoon of Friday, November 1. Hence the desire of the organisers to start the race as soon as possible, in order to minimise the impact of this transition on the sailors.
It is therefore possible that the fleet will leave Port Rhu on Monday late morning to regroup at Treboul, ready to be operational at the earliest opportunity. So the orange code just went green code.