Mini Barcelona 2000

Sam Davies reports on her race aboard Aberdeen Asset Management

Tuesday December 26th 2000, Author: Sam Davies, Location: United Kingdom
The course for this final Mini race in the 2000 season was from Barcelona around Menorca to port, and back to the finish just outside the breakwater of the Port of Barcelona. Sailing with Andrew Cape in the boat he designed and had built for the last Mini Transat, Aberdeen Asset Management, we started in very light winds and quite a strong tide. This combination produced a number of collisions at the committee boat, but we got away cleanly and managed to tack off and were very quickly in the lead in the light upwind conditions.
We led into the first night, but as the wind went aft and built the two boats Karen Liquid (Karen Leibovici and Seb Magnen) and Tip Top (Sam Manuard and Sebastien Roubinet) began to push towards us and crept past. We reached Menorca before sunrise and then had daylight (not long at this time of year) to navigate round the island and enjoy the view!

At the race control station at the lighthouse of the Isla del Aire we were still in third place and comfortably ahead of the next boat. It was a tricky beat around the back of the island with several holes of no wind, but all three boats at
the top sailed sensibly and there was no place changing - I think that just behind us several boats were overtaken at this point.

There was then a fetch through the night to Barcelona, in good breeze. This died off during the morning though, and we had to pick our way carefully to the finish in the fickle Barcelona winds. We finished third from a total fleet of 22 boats.

I was very pleased with this result, we sailed well and Aberdeen Asset Management showed herself to be a quick boat. The winning Mini (Karen Liquid) has won the last two Mini Transats in a row (with Seb as skipper) and we were not far behind them. I also learnt plenty from sailing with Andrew Cape, and I know there is loads more to learn during the build up to the Transat next year.

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