Posts Tagged ‘Mini-Transat La Boulangère’

These skippers from elsewhere

These skippers from elsewhere
. These skippers from elsewhere To note: – Start of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère on 22 September 2019 – 19 international sailors already registered To date, 69 women and men have officially registered for the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère (52 on production boats and...
July 4th, 2019 | Associations, Sailing, Sports | Read More

The path to glory

The path to glory
– ETA for Ian Lipinski, Tuesday 14 at around 15:00 UTC – Vedran Kabalin’s boat has dismasted – 500 miles of lateral separation between the competitors’ most extreme options Less than twenty-four hours from the finish, Ian Lipinski looks to be heading towards an historic double....
November 13th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports | Read More

A friend indeed

A friend indeed
To note: – The front runners expected to make landfall in Martinique on Tuesday 14 – Aurélien Poisson becomes a dad while racing – Tricks for boosting competitors’ morale Whilst the fleet carves out a route between the latest squalls in what is a very shifty trade wind, each of the...
November 12th, 2017 | Associations, Sailing, Sports, Yachting | Read More

No lasting armistice out on the ocean…

No lasting armistice out on the ocean…
99 years ago, the armistice of 11 November 1918 heralded the end of the First World War. This Saturday, on this its anniversary on the great Atlantic chessboard, by way of a nod to history, the battle is continuing to rage among the Mini-Transat La Boulangère ranks. Notably so at the front of the fleet,...
November 11th, 2017 | Maritime History and Museums, Sailing, Sports, Yachting | Read More

The funnel settles the accounts

The funnel settles the accounts
– The first competitors are between Santo Antao and Sao Vicente – The bulk of the fleet is approaching the Cape Verde islands – A provisional ranking prior to the Atlantic Between the islands of Santo Antao and San Vicente, the competitors have to make their way along a channel spanning...
November 5th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports | Read More

Mindelo, last chance for a pit-stop before the Atlantic expressway

Mindelo, last chance for a pit-stop before the Atlantic expressway
– The first competitors at Cape Verde by tomorrow morning – Ian Lipinski has extended away from the fleet – Whether or not to make a pit-stop… the dilemma Ian Lipinski (Griffon.fr) is set to enter the channel between the islands of Santo Antao and Sao Vicente in the early hours of...
November 4th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports | Read More

Misfortunes at sea

Misfortunes at sea
– Breakage colours play – Ian Lipinski consolidates his lead – Steady wind as far as Cape Verde After two days of racing in this second leg of the Mini-Transat la Boulangère, the fleet is already lamenting a number of issues. For some, there’s nothing irremediable and they should...
November 3rd, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Yachting | Read More

The dream life of the Mini sailor

The dream life of the Mini sailor
– Perfect conditions for setting sail – The fleet under spinnaker in a light trade wind – First strategic choices ahead: offshore or hugging the African coast Naturally there was a fair amount of emotion at the start of this second leg. Indeed, you’re unlikely to set off across the...
November 1st, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather | Read More

Wisdom prevails

Wisdom prevails
– The risk of a tropical storm on the northerly route – Change of course announced by Race Management – A decision that changes the tone slightly Midway between the Bahamas and the Azores, a tropical wave is taking shape as an active storm formation looms. For the time being, the associated...
October 31st, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather | Read More

Valentin Gautier on the up

Valentin Gautier on the up
– The Swiss sailor’s easterly option secures him the win – Sailing blind – Filled with confidence for the second leg By securing victory in the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, Valentin Gautier (Shaman – Banque du Léman) has swept away the doubts that had bombarded...
October 11th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

Ping-pong

Ping-pong
– Game on again for those competitors further east – All change ahead – ETA for the first competitors… tomorrow To you, to me… It’s hard to know who’s got the ball in their court in the extremely variable conditions currently dominating play in the Atlantic. The wind seems to...
October 10th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

Madeira, the lollipop lady

Madeira, the lollipop lady
– Still precious little breeze on the race zone – Rankings fluctuating with the position reports – First ETAs now on Tuesday night through into Wednesday As the sea takes on the look of a millpond, the skippers competing in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère are getting increasingly worried....
October 9th, 2017 | Associations, Sailing, Yachting | Read More

Atlantic yo-yo

Atlantic yo-yo
– Some 200 miles from the finish, the calms are all-encompassing – The first sailors are expected to finish on Tuesday – Conditions set the tone in the rankings The light airs are making the sailors’ nerves jangle. They’re all very much aware that it’s not far to the Canaries...
October 8th, 2017 | Associations, Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

The Mini shake-up

The Mini shake-up
– Still under the influence of light winds on the race zone – Tuesday for the first ETAs – The light airs reshuffle the cards In both the prototype and production boat categories, the situation is becoming clearer at the head of the race. Ian Lipinski (Griffon.fr) and Arthur Léopold-Léger...
October 7th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

Breathless Atlantic

Breathless Atlantic
– The wind is continuing to ease across the race zone – Commando operation in La Coruña – The west of the race zone pays dividends In cruising terms, conditions could best be described as relaxing : sunny climes, seas becoming increasingly calm, light to moderate breeze, perfect conditions...
October 6th, 2017 | Associations, Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

Knit one, purl one

Knit one, purl one
– The Mini fleet zigzags along the coast of Portugal, wind on the tail. – A unit of commandos en route to Fred Guérin and Julien Mizrachi. – The game of strategy begins. Whilst making the most of the last puffs of downwind breeze and continuing to make headway towards the goal without...
October 5th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

Rainy yet propitious start

Rainy yet propitious start
To note: – Final contact with shore – Good start in the drizzle – Several competitors back in La Rochelle following damage The weather played a sly hand this Sunday morning in the Bassin des Chalutiers. Indeed, the persistent drizzle and low cloud did little to cheer those Mini sailors...
October 1st, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

Tell me, is the Atlantic big?

Tell me, is the Atlantic big?
To note: – 66 novices out of 81 entries – A mixture of worry and excitement – Sound advice from the elders With two days to go until the start of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, the pressure is mounting considerably on the pontoons that line the Bassin des Chalutiers in the port of...
September 29th, 2017 | Sailing, Sports, Weather, Yachting | Read More

40 years of naval architecture

40 years of naval architecture
– From the Serpentaire to the ‘scow bow’, perpetual revolution – A steady stream of inventiveness from the very first edition – Knowing how to dare in order to evolve It’s part of the Mini-Transat’s DNA that it has always been at the cutting edge of naval architecture. From...
September 28th, 2017 | Sailing, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Sports, Yachting | Read More