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Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA

Sunday, 1. October 2017– Thursday, 30. November 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 2017   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 14

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 14 Yesterday, the main bulk of the Mini Transat fleet arrived in Las Palmas, port of call of leg 1. Three Series Minis are still underway, two of them are expected this morning.
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Friday, October 13, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 13, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 13, the Swiss We reported yesterday on the victory of Valentin Gautier SUI - here the video of his arrival. As winner of the Series Minis, he finished third overall behind the two Protos of Ian Lipinski POL and Arthur Léopold Léger FRA. Marcel Schwager SUI crossed the finish line as 18th Protos. 23 Series Minis and 4 Protos are still underway.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 12 - Victory for Valentin Gautier SUI

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 12 - Victory for Valentin Gautier SUI Leg 1 of the Mini Transat ended in Las Palmas/Gran Canaria ESP yesterday by noon with a tight duel in the Protos Minis between Ian Lipinski POL and Arthur Léopold Léger FRA. Lipinski crossed the finish line 1min 56 sec before the Frenchman. As 3rd with a 6hrs backlog arrived Erwan Le Mené FRA. Simon Koster SUI finished 8hrs after Lipinski as 6th.
Swiss victory in the Series Minis with Valentin Gautier SUI arriving 2hrs 30min before Rémy Aubrun FRA. Another 8min behind was Clarisse Cremer FRA 3 on 3rd. Yann Burkhalter SUI on the 11th place had a 6 hrs deficit on Gautier. Over half of the fleet are still underway.
The race viewer, the news and the video interviews with the winners.
Thursday, October 12, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 12

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 12 Leg 1 of the Mini Transat ended in Las Palmas/Gran Canaria ESP yesterday by noon with a tight duel in the Protos Minis between Ian Lipinski POL and Arthur Léopold Léger FRA. Lipinski crossed the finish line 1min 56 sec before the Frenchman. As 3rd with a 6hrs backlog arrived Erwan Le Mené FRA.
Swiss victory in the Series Minis with Valentin Gautier SUI arriving 2hrs 30min before Rémy Aubrun FRA. Another 8min behind was Clarisse Cremer FRA 3 on 3rd. Over half of the fleet are still underway.
The race viewer, the news and the video interviews with the winners.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 11

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 11 This morning UTC, Arthur Léopold Léger FRA was 50 nm from the port of call and his advantage on the second Ian Lipinski POL of 20 nm slightly increased. Either one will probably win the first leg of the Mini Transat. Erwan Le Menè FRA on 3rd is already 40 nm back. With 10 nm on the 3rd place, the 4th-ranked Simon Koster SUI is not far behind.
80 nm to go to Las Palmas for Valentin Gautier SUI new on first in the Series Minis. The trio Rémy Aubrun FRA, Benoît Sinot FRA and Erwan Le Draoulec FRA is roughly 5 nm behind, the rest of the fleet is 20 mn away and more. The former leader Clarisse Crémer FRA on rank 6 is 22 nm back.
The race tracker and the news.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 11 - Valentin Gautier SUI moves up on 1st

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 11 - Valentin Gautier SUI moves up on 1st This morning UTC, Arthur Léopold Léger FRA was 50 nm from the port of call and his advantage on the second Ian Lipinski POL of 20 nm slightly increased. Either one will probably win the first leg of the Mini Transat. Erwan Le Menè FRA on 3rd is already 40 nm back. With 10 nm on the 3rd place, the 4th-ranked Simon Koster SUI is not far behind.
80 nm to go to Las Palmas for Valentin Gautier SUI new on first in the Series Minis. The trio Rémy Aubrun FRA, Benoît Sinot FRA and Erwan Le Draoulec FRA is roughly 5 nm behind, the rest of the fleet is 20 mn away and more. The former leader Clarisse Crémer FRA on rank 6 is 22 nm back. Another 6 nm behind is Yann Burkhalter SUI up on rank 9.
The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 10

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 10 The dying winds stopped the fleet almost completely and the Minis are trailing at speeds around 1,5 to 3 kn direction port of call on Gran Canaria. Arthur Léopold Léger FRA, the Protos leader, had 120 nm to sail this morning. Ian Lipinski POL on rank 2 is now 15 kn behind. Romain Bolzinger FRA on 3rd reduced his backlog on 46 nm.
In the Series Minis, th leader is now Yannick Le Clech FRA 0,8 nm ahead of Benoït Simon FRA.
The race viewer and the news.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 10, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 10, the Swiss The dying winds stopped the fleet almost completely and the Minis are trailing at speeds around 1,5 to 3 kn direction port of call on Gran Canaria. Arthur Léopold Léger FRA, the Protos leader, had 120 nm to sail this morning. Ian Lipinski POL on rank 2 is now 15 kn behind. Romain Bolzinger FRA on 3rd reduced his backlog on 46 nm. Simon Koster SUI on the 5th place is now 64 nm back.
In the Series Minis, th leader is now Yannick Le Clech FRA 0,8 nm ahead of Benoït Simon FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI on the 6th place is 8,8 nm behind. Yannick Burkhalter SUI advanced on the 10th position.
The race viewer and the news.
Monday, October 9, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 9

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 9 Approaching the Mini Transat leg 1 port of call on Gran Canaria - the Protos have 150 nm left - the fleets' leaders stalled in a calm zone, and in leader changes happened in both classes.
Arthur Léopold Léger FRA replaced Ian Lipinski POL on top of the Protos. His advantage was 13.3 nm yesterday evening. Erwan Le Mené FRA on the 3rd place was 62 nm back.
The new leader in the Series Minis is Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, but Clarisse Crémer FRA was only one mile behind at the last position check. On rank 3 with a 10 nm backlog was Tanguy Bouroulec FRA.
The race tracker and the news (in English and French).
Monday, October 9, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 9, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 9, the Swiss Approaching the Mini Transat leg 1 port of call on Gran Canaria - the Protos have 150 nm left - the fleets' leaders stalled in a calm zone, and in leader changes happened in both classes.
Arthur Léopold Léger FRA replaced Ian Lipinski POL on top of the Protos. His advantage was 13.3 nm yesterday evening. Erwan Le Mené FRA on the 3rd place was 62 nm back. Simon Koster SUI advanced on rank 6 with an 80 nm deficit on the leader.
The new leader in the Series Minis is Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, but Clarisse Crémer FRA was only one mile behind at the last position check. On rank 3 with a 10 nm backlog was Tanguy Bouroulec FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI dropped on tha 8th place 27 nm behind. Yann Burkhalter SUI is now 13th with a 47 nm deficit.
The race tracker and the news (in English and French).
Sunday, October 8, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6 Light and unconstant rear winds stayed on along the Moroccan coast. In fresher lanes, the breeze was up on 12 kn, while a few miles aside, not more as 6 kn annoyed the solo skippers. 250 nm, roughly 2 days, are left to the port of call Las Palmas/Gran Canaria ESP.
In the Protos, Ian Lipinski POL and 15 nm back Arthur Léopold Léger FRA are still clearly ahead of the rest of the fleet. Romain Bolzinger FRA on the 3rd place is already 66 nm behind. Another 85 nm back is Simon Koster SUI on the 5th position.
Clarisse Crémer FRA remains on top of the Series Minis 10 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI on 3rd is now 27 nm behind.
The race tracker and the news.
Sunday, October 8, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6, the Swiss Light and unconstant rear winds stayed on along the Moroccan coast. In fresher lanes, the breeze was up on 12 kn, while a few miles aside, not more as 6 kn annoyed the solo skippers. 250 nm, roughly 2 days, are left to the port of call Las Palmas/Gran Canaria ESP.
In the Protos, Ian Lipinski POL and 15 nm back Arthur Léopold Léger FRA are still clearly ahead of the rest of the fleet. Romain Bolzinger FRA on the 3rd place is already 66 nm behind. Another 85 nm back is Simon Koster SUI on the 5th position.
Clarisse Crémer FRA remains on top of the Series Minis 10 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI on 3rd is now 27 nm behind. Among the winners of the day was Yann Burkhalter SUI, who advanced on rank 11 with a 68 nm backlog.
The race tracker and the news.
Saturday, October 7, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6 Moderate rear winds prevailed during the past 24 hours of the Mini Transat leg 1.
In the Protos, the leader Ian Lipinski POL was the first to touch fresher winds off the Portuguese Coast and he could extend his lead on 24 nm. The only one to remain more or less in contact as 2nd was Arthur Léopold Léger FRA on his more eastern route. Romain Bolzinger FRA and Simon Koster SUI follow with a 67 respectively 92 nm backlog on the ranks 3 and 4.
In the Series-Minis, Clarisse Crémer FRA has taken the lead 15 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA on 2nd and Valentin Gautier SUI 21 nm back on 3rd.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Saturday, October 7, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6, the Swiss Moderate rear winds prevailed during the past 24 hours of the Mini Transat leg 1.
In the Protos, the leader Ian Lipinski POL was the first to touch fresher winds off the Portuguese Coast and he could extend his lead on 24 nm. The only one to remain more or less in contact as 2nd was Arthur Léopold Léger FRA on his more eastern route. Romain Bolzinger FRA and Simon Koster SUI follow with a 67 respectively 92 nm backlog on the ranks 3 and 4.
In the Series-Minis, Clarisse Crémer FRA has taken the lead 15 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA on 2nd and Valentin Gautier SUI 21 nm back on 3rd. Yann Burkhalter SUI is 24th with 68 nm backlog.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Friday, October 6, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 5

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 5 The fleet is sailing South along the Portugues coast in a 15 kn breeze.
Ian Lipinski POL still leads in the Protos but his advantage melted on 10 nm. Arthur Leopold Léger FRA is new on rank 2, Romain Bolzinger FRA 23 nm behind is now 3rd, replacing Simon Koster SUI now on 4th with a 28 nm backlog.
First in the Series Minis is Erwan Le Draoulec FRA with a 7 nm lead, who reclaimed the first place from Rémy Aubrun FRA. On the 3rd place is now Clarisse Cremer FRA with an 11 nm deficit.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Friday, October 6, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 5, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 5, the Swiss The fleet is sailing South along the Portugues coast in a 15 kn breeze.
Ian Lipinski POL still leads in the Protos but his advantage melted on 10 nm. Arthur Leopold Léger FRA is new on rank 2, Romain Bolzinger FRA 23 nm behind is now 3rd, replacing Simon Koster SUI now on 4th with a 28 nm backlog.
First in the Series Minis is Erwan Le Draoulec FRA with a 7 nm lead, who reclaimed the first place from Rémy Aubrun FRA. On the 3rd place is now Clarisse Cremer FRA with an 11 nm deficit. Valentin Gautier SUI remains on the 6th place with a constant 28 nm backlog. Yann Burkhalter SUI lost some ranks and is now 19th with a 69 nm gap on the leader.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, October 5, 2017   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 4, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 4, the Swiss For the past 40 hours, the Minis have been benefitting from the rear wind racing twice as fast - 10 kn average - as during the first day of the race, above all, the round-bow Protos who are about 2 kn faster than the 'normal' designs. The fleet has now passed Cape Finisterre at the most northwestern point of Spain.
In the Protos, the big favorite Ian Lipinski POL has now definitely taken the command distancing the main challengers with 30 nm and more. Among the winners of the last 24 hours was also Simon Koster SUI, who moved up on rank 4.
In the Series Minis, Rémi Aubrun FRA is the new leader 4 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA. Yannick Le Clech FRA and Clarisse Crémer FRA follow on the ranks 3 and 4. The best Swiss are well positioned with Valentin Gautier SUI on the 6th place 19 nm behind and Yann Burkhalter SUI as 13th with a 36 nm backlog.
The race viewer and the news.
Thursday, October 5, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 4

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 4 For the past 40 hours, the Minis have been benefitting from the rear wind racing twice as fast - 10 kn average - as during the first day of the race, above all, the round-bow Protos who are about 2 kn faster than the 'normal' designs. The fleet has now passed Cape Finisterre at the most northwestern point of Spain.
In the Protos, the big favorite Ian Lipinski POL has now definitely taken the command distancing the main challengers with 30 nm and more.
In the Series Minis, Rémi Aubrun FRA is the new leader 4 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA. Yannick Le Clech FRA and Clarisse Crémer FRA follow on the ranks 3 and 4.
The race viewer and the news.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 3, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 3, the Swiss After two days upwind sailing in a westerly wind, the direction changed to North-East yesterday and the Minis, approaching Cap Finisterre, accelerated to up to 10 kn surfing downwind.
Yesterday evening at 21h CET, Erwan Le Mené FRA was on top of the Protos 0,5 nm ahead of Ian Lipinski POL. Jörg Riechers GER followed as 3rd with a 5 nm backlog. The extreme southern course of Simon Koster SUI did not really pay up to now and on rank 11, he is already 22 nm behind the leaders. Hopefully, the fresher wind off the Spanish North Coast during the past night - he was the fastest yesterday evening with 10,2 kn - will help to make good some distance.
In the Series-Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA and 0,1 nm behind Rémi Aubrun FRA were on top. Clarisse Cremer FRA followed a mile behind on rank 3. Valentin Gautier SUI as 5th is now 6 nm back. Yann Burkhalter SUI defended the 12th place.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 3

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 3 After two days upwind sailing in a westerly wind, the direction changed to North-East yesterday and the Minis, approaching Cap Finisterre, accelerated to up to 10 kn surfing downwind.
Yesterday evening at 21h CET, Erwan Le Mené FRA was on top of the Protos 0,5 nm ahead of Ian Lipinski POL. Jörg Riechers GER followed as 3rd with a 5 nm backlog.
In the Series-Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA and 0,1 nm behind Rémi Aubrun FRA were on top. Clarisse Cremer FRA followed a mile behind on rank 3.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Day 2

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Day 2 Westwind conditions prevailed also on the second day of the Mini Transat on Bay of Biscay and the fleet is advancing rather slowly with 5-6 kn. Consequently, the distances between the boats remained minor up to now.
Leader in the Protos is Erwan Le Mené FRA who was the first to tack West. Romain Bolzinger FRA followed as 2nd with a 1,7 nm backlog yesterday evening at 21h and on rank 3 is 2,4 nm behind.
The 50 boats' Series Mini fleet is being led by Erwan Le Draolec FRA ahead of Rémi Aubrun FRA 0,7 nm and Valentin Gautier SUI 2,1 nm behind.
The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Day 2, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Day 2, the Swiss Westwind conditions prevailed also on the second day of the Mini Transat on Bay of Biscay and the fleet is advancing rather slowly with 5-6 kn. Consequently, the distances between the boats remained minor up to now.
Leader in the Protos is Erwan Le Mené FRA who was the first to tack West. Romain Bolzinger FRA followed as 2nd with a 1,7 nm backlog yesterday evening at 21h and on rank 3 is 2,4 nm behind. Simon Koster SUI was one of the last to head West and he dropped on rank 16 with a 9,5 nm backlog in the South of the fleet.
The 50 boats' Series Mini fleet is being led by Erwan Le Draolec FRA ahead of Rémi Aubrun FRA 0,7 nm and Valentin Gautier SUI 2,1 nm behind. The second Swiss Yann Burkhalter SUI on rank 12 with a 4 nm deficit is also well positioned.
The race tracker and the news.
Monday, October 2, 2017   (Image © Christoph Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1 Yesterday at 15h UTC, the 81 Mini-Transat Solo-Skippers started to the first leg of their Atlantic Crossing adventure in La Rochelle FRA in rain, but an ideal 10-15 kn wind during the first 12 hours of the race.
In the Protos Minis, the undisputed favorite Ian Lipinski POL with his round-bow design has already taken the lead one mile ahead of Jörg Riechers GER on rank 2.
In the Series Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA leads with a 0,4 nm advantage on Yannick Le Clech FRA and Oliver Tessloff GER.
The race viewer and the news (in English and French).
The next update of the race tracker will be posted this morning at 9h.
Monday, October 2, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1, the Swiss Yesterday at 15h UTC, the 81 Mini-Transat Solo-Skippers started to the first leg of their Atlantic Crossing adventure in La Rochelle FRA in rain, but an ideal 10-15 kn wind during the first 12 hours of the race.
In the Protos Minis, the undisputed favorite Ian Lipinski POL with his round-bow design has already taken the lead one mile ahead of Jörg Riechers GER on rank 2. Simon Koster SUI was on the 10th place yesterday evening with a 4,5 nm backlog.
In the Series Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA leads with a 0,4 nm advantage on Yannick Le Clech FRA and Oliver Tessloff GER. Valentin Gautier SUI is 7th with a 0,8 nm backlog.
The race viewer and the news (in English and French).
The next update of the race tracker will be posted this morning at 9h.


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