Entry list almost 90% finalised
The entry list for this October's Mini Transat is firming up with a fresh spate of boats and skippers qualifying following the Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron and the Mini Fastnet. Both races were held in mild conditions, with almost all the competitors successfully completing the courses.
As a result the list of competitors due to be on the start line in the singlehanded race that this year starts from Douarnanez bound for Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe via a stopover in Lanzarote is now 90% finalised, with just the final few places still to be allocated in the Protos and Series classes. See the latest list here
In the Protos, there was no waiting list, given that the quotas for the Mini Transat are an equal split: 50% Protos and 50% Series boats.The last few races have enabled Arthur Léopold-Léger, Gilles Avril, Annabelle Boudinot, Fanch Guiffant, Nolwen de Carlan and Robin Marais to qualify.
In Series classes, there are five places that have opened up as a result of the withdrawals of Erwan Pellen, Raphaël Marchand, Pierre-François Dargnies, Rafaëla Le Gouvello and Andrea Lacopini.
Others qualifying as foreign competitors, who could not make their qualifying run on time because of their geographical remoteness, include François Lamy from Guadeloupe. Also in the same situation are Stan Maslard on his brand new Lomboard Proto and American Jeffrey MacFarlane.
Maslard has only to complete the Transgascogne to achieve the number of miles required, while MacFarlane may see the final place among the special allocation for foreign competitors escaping his grip. However he can still hope to qualify because the full number of Proto entry may not be reached.
Meanwhile in Douarnenez, the organisers are assessing the lessons they have learned from running the Trophy Marie-Agnès Péron and the Mini Fastnet, both of which were organised by the Winches Club in Douarnenez.
The town of Douarnenez is also being mobilised.
In a joint initiative between the organisers and Douarnanez's Port Museum, a temporary exhibition is to be opened, devoted to the Mini Transat, its history, etc. This will include testimonials from some of the biggest names in racing who have previously taken part in this special event, including Loick Peyron, VDH, Michel Desjoyeaux and Roland Jourdain, etc.
The course 2013
Leg 1 - Douarnenez to Arrecife (Lanzarote): 1200 miles.
Leg 2 - Arrecife to Pointe a Pitre: 2800 miles.
Prologue 6 October, 2013.
Start from Douarnenez 13 October, 2013 at 1300.
Arrival in the Canary Islands between 23 and 26 October 2013.
Start from Canary Islands 9 November, 2013.
Arrival in Guadeloupe between 23 and 30 November 2013.