Photo: Pierrick Garenne/GPO

Series class victory for Benoit Mariette

First boats reached Funchal around midnight in the Mini Transat

Wednesday October 5th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

This morning the first ten boats have arrived in Funchal in the Charente Maritime-Bahia Transat 6.50's Series class.

Victory was taken by Benoit Mariette on the 2005-built Finot-Conq designed Pogo 2 Odalys Vacances, who arrived at 23:48 UTC.

His race time between La Rochelle and Funchal was 9 days 08 hours and 31 minutes, covering the 1148 mile course at an average speed of 5.11 knots.

"This stage ends as it began: in light winds," commented Mariette on his arrival. "In recent days, this has been a nightmare scenario ... The horror! I had a complicated race and I began to head west, but I quickly realised that was a mistake ... then I quickly moved east and there it went well. I knew when the race restarted in the east, I would be fine. I spent much time sailing in medium winds. We were sailing in good conditions with no more than 25 knots compared to others who went to the west [who experienced more]. I'm really happy with this victory ... but now, the most difficult tasks lie ahead!"

In the final miles Clement Bouyssou on Douet Distribution did a fine job pulling up to second having been in fourth place at the first sched yesterday. Long term leader in the Series class on this first leg, Eric Llull on Noble Cocoa ended up coming home fifth, just over two hours astern of the leader.

British competitor Pip Hare on The Potting Shed is currently lying 25th and is due in this evening.

Series class arrivals

Pos No Skipper Boat Date and time Elapsed Distance Aver Best 24hr
        UTC time sailed Spd run
1 599 MARIETTE Benoit ODALYS VACANCES 04/10/2011 23:48 9d 8h 31m 39s 1205.8 5.36 180.23
2 514 BOUYSSOU Clément DOUET DISTRIBUTION 05/10/2011 00:39 9d 9h 22m 56s 1173.82 5.2 181.12
3 674 BEAUDART Davy INNOVEA ENVIRONNEMENT 05/10/2011 01:16 9d 9h 59m 18s 1182.59 5.22 186.78
4 535 MARY Renaud 05/10/2011 01:23 9d 10h 6m 10s 1189.79 5.25 188.87
5 566 LLULL Eric NOBLE COCOA 05/10/2011 01:54 9d 10h 37m 34s 1191 5.24 176.95
6 552 BRASSEUR Pierre VOILES OCEAN 05/10/2011 02:42 9d 11h 25m 51s 1182.33 5.19 184.07
7 455 GAHINET Gwénolé ASSO WATEVER - 05/10/2011 02:58 9d 11h 41m 28s 1190.37 5.22 191.62
8 512 HOEBLER Cyril OCEARIUM DU CROISIC 05/10/2011 03:10 9d 11h 53m 27s 1158.96 5.08 184.28
9 739 LENGLET Benoît EVASOL 05/10/2011 06:31 9d 15h 14m 41s 1189.63 5.13 173.65
10 767 ENDT Ysbrand PRIME OF THE NORTH SEA 05/10/2011 07:40 9d 16h 23m 35s 1172.96 5.04 171.05


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