Heading for Brazil

The second leg is underway in the Mini Transat

Thursday October 11th 2001, Author: Sian Cowen, Location: United Kingdom

At 1202 hrs local time the 51 Mini Transat competitors pointed their bows toward Brazil With the fleet much delayed on the way to Lanzarotte the restart has been delayed by 24 hours to allow some time for rest, repairs and recuperation. Despite the delay, some of the latecomers had less than one day in port before setting off on the 2900 mile second leg,

The second leg will take the fleet across the Atlantic to El Salvador de Bahia in Brazil and is expected to take approximately 20 days.

For many the difficult moments of the first leg are already forgotten and all thoughts are to focused on the second leg and preparing once again for the solitude of racing alone.

Before the restart, one minutes silence was observed to mark the sad loss of Roberto Varinelli who went missing on Sunday 30th September and is presumed drowned.

Moderate winds saw the fleet away from Lanzarotte. Flat seas and bright sun saw Alain Delord, on Tat Industries establishing an early lead followed by Eric Vassard on Macon Lugny and Eric of Froidmont on Pogolou. The first Proto was Arnaud Boissières on Aquarelle.com who finished second on the first leg.

Benoit Parnaudeau on Poitou-Charentes Area left approximately half an hour after the rest of the fleet having only finished the first leg yesterday evening. Antonio Pedro Da Cruz on Jazz Magazine is expected to restart this evening along with Christian Saury on Intentia.

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