Photo: Christophe Breschi

Early entries for the 2013 Mini Transat

As the race is set to return to the Caribbean

Thursday December 13th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Entry was opened for the 2013 Mini Transat last week at the Salon Nautique in Paris.

With a new contract being awarded for the organisation of the race, so the singlehanded race for the 21 footers has a new course. The start will this time take place in Douarnenez in Brittany on 13 October. The first leg will finish in Arrecife in Lanzarote, where the boats are due over 23-26 October. The start out of the Canary Islands will be on 9-10 November, the Minis bound on this occasion for Guadeloupe in the Caribbean where they are due over 23-30 November.

At Paris Boat Show 50 competitors filled out their entry forms, although competitors still have to go through stringent qualifications to take part in the Mini Transat.

The first entry officially came from amateur skipper Arnaud Gentien, who plans to campaign his Pogo Zebulon. To qualify, he participated in the 2012 Mini Fastnet race as well as the Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables race. At his pace, he led each time until the arrival of the Zebulon. It still lacks the necessary funding to cover its costs, but he has faith deep in the body.

Olivier Avram, President of the Classe Mini said: "We are delighted to go to Lanzarote. It will be a little homecoming, but the real return will be finishing the race in the Caribbean, renewing the original route."

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