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Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 sets sail

Light conditions for the 79 solo skippers bound for Madeira

Sunday September 25th 2011, Author: Veronique Largeau, Location: France

The start of the Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 (Mini Transat) set sail at 17:17 local time off the Maison de la Charente-Maritime in La Rochelle.

After the start gun fired, the 79 skippers deliberately held back from crossing the start line in order to pay tribute to fellow skipper Jean-Marc Allaire who should have been on the starting line with them today, but who was lost overboard almost two weeks ago on a routine delivery trip.

The start was held in a 6 knot westerly and the first to the reach the turning mark were the Protos: Sebastien Rogues on #716 Eole Generation GDF SUEZ, followed surprisingly by the oldest boat in the fleet Sébastien Picault's Kickers (#198, once upon a time Seb Magnen's double Mini Transat winner Karen Liquid) and Antoine Rioux on Festival des Pains #800. They were followed by Aymeric Chappellier on La tortue de l'Aquarium - La Rochelle (#788), Thomas Normand on Financière de l'Échiquier (#787) ans Etienne David on Teamwork (#679). The first three series boats were Renaud Chavarria on Béziers Méditerrannée (#596), Giacomo Sabbatini on Scusami la Spalle (#554) and Gwenolé Gahinet on Asso Watever - (#455).


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