869 MAHI-MAHI Benoit HANTZPERG
895 EMILE HENRY Erwan LE DRAOULEC
887 BLUE ORANGE GAMES – FAIR RETAIL Pierre CHEDEVILLE
910 CELLASTAB.COM Thomas DOLAN
909 KERHIS-CERFRANCE Tanguy BOUROULLEC
902 TBS Clarisse CREMER
906 DRAGOBERT Yannick LE CLECH
914 LPO – AGIR POUR LA BIODIVERSITE Henri LEMENICIER
893 OLIVERTESSLOFF.COM Oliver TESSLOFF
928 ESI GROUP CORIOLIS COMPOSITE David PRONO
892 GANESH Grégoire MOULY
899 MARINE NATIONALE Cedric FARON
539 ALLA GRANDE AMBECO Ambrogio BECCARIA
916 UNIFLOW Stéphane GRESSET
455 PETIT AUGUSTE & Ci Frédéric MOREAU
925 BRADFORD&CONDRIEU Pierre LE ROY
917 CHALLENGE ESPOIR MINI-TRANSAT Valentin MASSU
835 DAME ARGO Michel SASTRE
514 STARFISH Estelle GRECK
832 GOLBORNE Julien MIZRACHI
819 WWW.ANDREASDEUBEL.COM Andreas DEUBEL
742 REVE DE CINEMA Stanislas THURET
602 SISA 2 Slobodan VELIKIC
821 TREBUNNEC Loïc FAGHERAZZI
579 CACHACA Vianney DESVIGNES
929 FRANKIZ Philippe ANDRE
518 SO-BOAT.COM François DENIS
721 EXTASEA Martin CALLEBAUT
504 MANU POKI & LES BIOTECHS Elodie PEDRON
641 VOILES DES ANGES Grégoire DESPRETZ
219 MARIOLE.FR Julien BOZZOLO
903 SHAMAN – BANQUE DU LEMAN Valentin GAUTIER DNF
933 AZEN BIHAN Loïc CADIOU DNF
470 LENDUR Noel SHARPE DNS
865 GRIFFON.FR Ian LIPINSKI
800 BON MAIS PAS UN ROND Erwann LE MENE
934 LILLIENTHAL Joerg RIECHERS
785 ROPEYE Sébastien PEBELIER
802 OPTIGESTION – FEMMES DE BRETAGNE Charlotte MERY
900 ARKEMA 3 Quentin VLAMYNCK
759 DESTINATION ILE DE RE Antoine CORNIC
667 EVA LUNA Thibault MICHELIN
788 REGION GUADELOUPE Kéni PIPEROL
614 LESAMIS.COM Frédéric GUERIN
624 BLEEDING COWBOY Nathalie DEVOUGE
791 FOXSEA LADY Camille TAQUE
431 BICHO II PUERTO SHERRY Pablo TORRES
346 ADRENALINE Edgar BYCZEK
419 VMAX Kan CHUH DSQ
551 POEMA INSURANCE Julien HEREU DNS
679 ROLL MY CHICKEN Aurélien POISSON DNS
753 WILD SIDE Emmanuel RENAUD DNS
The 13th Marie Agnès Péron Trophy will be remembered for its intensity. Skippers went all out to complete the route, keeping to a very fast pace, using up pretty much all their mental and physical energy in the process.
Mini Class skippers are well used to prolonged efforts, yet a race of over 24 hours, with no down time and other competitors always on the attack, requires skippers to dig especially deep to remain in the race and competitive.
In Proto: a challenge on the cards
Once past Penmar’ch on the return leg of the race, Ian Lipinski must have told himself it was time to focus and move things up a gear when he caught sight of the amazing Erwan Le Méné about to overtake him on his starboard side. It can be tempting to let down your guard when you are used to leading races unchallenged. Ian clearly demonstrated the power of his prototype designed by David Raison, however he also kept a watchful eye out for Le Méné, a Morbihan-based skipper with no money but heaps of talent. No doubt that constant pressure from le Mené’s 800, ‘Bon mais pas un rond’ played a part in bringing about the Trophy’s new record finishing time, achieved by Paris-born Lipinski in 1 day 4 hours 21 minutes and 43 seconds. The former record was held by Giancarlo Pedote.
Erwan Le Méné crossed the line only 35 minutes after Lipinski’s 865.
934, a ‘big nose’ designed by Etienne Bertrand, made a strong impression on her first real outing, which points to many exciting battles to come. A challenge to the previously untouchable Griffon.fr could be just around the corner. In spite of an early set-back due to a collision, the German skipper Jorg Riechers, who is still in the process of discovering the potential of his boat and fine-tuning its performance, put on a good show. Lillienthal crossed the finishing line only just over an hour after the race’s winner.
With only a few seconds between them, Sébastien Pebelier on Ropeye and Charlotte Mery on Optigestion-Femmes de Bretagne added spice to the race and provided a crowd-pleasing finish. This bodes well for future outings as they can push their boats to even greater levels of performance.
Lastly, despite a disappointing 6th place, we can count on Quentin Vlaminck on Arkema3 to be a strong competitor in the long runs of the Atlantic crossing.
In the Production category: High drama guaranteed
The 18min 40sec gap between the winner and the 6th place speaks volumes for the intensity of the race. The fast and furious six front-runners in this category did not, for a single moment, give an inch in their battle for the lead over the 220 nautical miles route from and to Douarnenez. At the same time, their merciless rivalry on the water is matched by indomitable friendship on the pontoons, so that each encounter is a fine pleasure to behold.
The Swiss skipper Valentin Gautier was the first to launch an attack moments after crossing the start line, and lead the race until Point Penmar’ch, when his jibboom failed and he was forced to withdraw, to his bitter disappointment. As a result, the gang of six found themselves in the lead. They took in turns to try and outwit the others to gain an advantage, chancing it and taking risks left, right and centre, making each temporary leader pay dearly for the smallest mistakes.
Inside the Maison du Nautisme in Tréboul, there was much talk around the table to make sense of these goings-on. Yet in all likelihood, Benoit Hantzperg’s northerly course past the Glénan Islands, taking him right by the rocks at the foot of the Eckmuhl lighthouse gave his boat Mahi-Mahi the tiny advantage that helped him win the race in the Production category. All credit to the Big Friendly Giant for retaining this slight edge over the rest of the gang until he reached the west of Sein and la Basse du Lis, and for not giving an inch until the finishing line in Douarnenez.
Following closely in Hantzperg’s wake, Erwan le Draoulec on ‘Emile Henry’, crossed the finishing line 2 minutes later. With only a 6min gap between him and Hantzperg, Pierre Chedeville took third place. In fourth place came the Irish skipper Tom Dolan’s Cellastab.com, whose belated sprint finish cost him a podium place. Tanguy Bouroullec on Kerhis-Cerfrance, who had lead the gang for the longest, took fifth place. Lastly Clarisse Cremer on TBS came in at 18 minutes and 40 seconds after the winning time.
All this is a sure sign that we can expect a fantastic Mini Transat, starting from La Rochelle in early October. Even more so as the other MAP Trophy finishers will want to make their mark as well. They will all be there next Sunday for the start of the Mini Fastnet. What a treat to look forward to!