Decisive leads for Pedote and Belloir
From straight lines to dramatic course changes, competitors' routes in the Mini Transat are showing the instability of the conditions they are encountering.
Nevertheless, the positions have changed little at the front of the fleet. Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) is maintaining a margin of 20 miles over Benoît Marie (benoitmarie.com) who is still firmly holding second in the Protos. In fourth and fifth, Bruno Garcia (Sampaquita) and Bertrand Delesne (TeamWork) have gradually fallen into the wake of the two leaders, 150 miles behind. Only Rémi Fermin (Boreal), on the boat he designed and built himself, has managed to reduce the distance to the south, which may pay off in the coming days. For now, he is a 100 miles behind, a gap that could quickly reduced, if the trade winds fill in in the southern part of the race course.
In the Series fleet, Aymeric Belloir (Tout le Monde Chante contre le Cancer) is in a strong position. His direct competitors - Simon Koster (Go 4 it) , Justine Mettraux (TeamWork) and Jean-Baptiste Lemaire (L’œuvre du Marin Breton) are 100 miles back following a route almost identical to his own. However 100 miles behind there is a very compact peloton led by Tanguy Le Turquais (Terréal Rêve d’Enfance) and Eric Cochet (Abers & Co).
Among the competitors behind, some have opted for a route along the African coast, in order to make faster progress south towards more sustained winds. This is the choice for Jonas Gerkens (Netwerk 2) , Pip Hare (The Potting Shed) and Maxime Salle (Bongo).
Meanwhile at Puerto Calero, there are still two boats yet to leave - Louis Mauffret (Solidarity) and Richard Hewson (RG 650). They could be joined by Pilar Pasanau (Peter Punk) who is closing on the coast of Lanzarote, and even Nolwen de Carlan (Reality) who has turned around.
Nolwen has activated his button to say all is well on board. There are still three boats between Gibraltar and Lanzarote. Diane Reid (One Girl 's Ocean Challenge) and Aron Meder (Felicity 2) are under jury rig and will put into port. Ludovic Méchin (Paris Texas) has a moral duty to cross in the boat should have been that of Valerio Bruni-Tedeschi.
Series fleet at 15.00 UTC
1. Aymeric Belloir (810 – Tout le Monde chante contre le Cancer) with 1873.3 nm to finish
2. Simon Koster (819 – Go 4 it) + 94.1 nm
3. Justine Mettraux (824 - TeamWork) + 96.8 nm
4. Jean-Baptiste Lemaire (607 – Œuvre du Marin Breton) + 107.1 nm
5. Tanguy Le Turquais (599 – Terréal Rêve d’enfance) + 208.9 nm
Proto fleet at 15.00 UTC
1. Giancarlo Pedote (747 – Prysmian) at 1749.6 nm to finish
2. Benoit Marie (667 – benoitmarie.com) + 19 nm
3. Rémi Fermin (741 – Boréal) + 118.1 nm
4. Bruno Garcia (240 – Sampaquita) + 145.2 nm
5. Bertrand Delesne (754 – TeamWork Proto) + 184.4 nm