MINI FASTNET 2018 : AND AT 4 IN A MORNING.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : AND AT 4 IN A MORNING.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018
9.30pm :

« Tartine cherche du Beurre » arrive in Tréboul, they are at less than 60 NM from the end, running at 7.8 knots with an advance of 15NM from their direct competitor, if they doesn’t meet any trouble, they should cross the finish line tuesday around 4am.
axel Trehin and Fred Denis should now smell the parfum of the victory, but they know they will only get the taste of it once the finsish line will be crossed.

Photo Simon Jourdan.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : : AWARD CEREMONY : PROGRAM CHANGES.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : : AWARD CEREMONY : PROGRAM CHANGES.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018

The fleet of the 69 Minis will arrived fryday night in the Tréboul port, so we decided to process at the award ceremony saturday at midday instead of 7pm.
This is the official version, the truth is that one of the admin of the Mini’s class, sailors when he have time, decided to go on honey moon this night, and most of the sailors would like to be present on the Golfe du Morbihan island chosen by the youngs married. That’s why we change the time, to allow them to do both.
Congratulations to the youngs married.
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Photo Simon Jourdan

MINI FASTNET 2018 : RICHARD MARIKA.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : RICHARD MARIKA.

June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018

The Richard Marika is well know from the Mini sailors because it’s the ‘freedom’ boat they call after the ‘Basse Vieille’ path to signal their arrival, it’s the boat they see from far away and who materialised the finish line, it’s the boat they hear when they pass the finish line and where the VHF of the referents comfirmed the number of the boat and give them the precise time. The Richard Marika is the blue boat who is the goal to reach to finish the race.

But the Richard Marika is also the boat of the ‘Optimiste 29’ association whose the president Chantl Müller (the nany of the sailors) thanked the Winches Club for his donnation before the start of the race, because this old fileyor is adapted to take disable people, the Richard Marika give the chance to hundreds of people to navigate in the Douarnenez bay all allong the summer season.

the Richrd Marika isn’t only the boat of the ‘Optimiste 29’, it’s an all team who is mobilised, year after year for the Mini 650 race organised by the Winches Club, starting by the bosses Louis, Alain, Pascal their team and all the volunteers who are always present.

It is true that if Chantal (the president of the ‘Optimiste 29’) thanked the Winches Club, the thank you is retunrned decidebly.

Photo Julie Fiacre.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : ON THE LAST LEG OF THE RACE.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : ON THE LAST LEG OF THE RACE.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018
4.30pm :
The leaders are at less than 100 NM from the finish line, the sailors are ready for the last leg of the race pointing the Douarnenez bay, the boats start to be nervous, the rudders are itching, the attacks are going to come for the final sprint.

In Proto, ‘Tartine cherche du Beurre’ is incresing the gap bit by bit from his competitors, the badass from the begining of this season « Rousseau Clôtures », « BFR Marée Haute Jaune » and « Lillienthal » have to worry about the arrival of the new Lombard Plan because ‘Ino Rope’ twin of the ‘Tartine’ are part of the party occupying the 3rd place. The race is not yet over but the 2 Protos without round or sharp nose alredy let their prints in this 33rd edition of the Mini Fastnet.

In Serie, the battle of the Pogo3 continue, the newborn of the construction site ‘Structure’ occupy the 12th first place of the ranking, in this category the photo finish would be necessary to determinat the winner. The Italian boat ‘Wnted Sponsor’ is leading the race nearly continiously since the begining, but ‘TTB’ is on his back and ‘Grassi Bateux’ try to overtake them by the inside, those 4 crew give us a beautiful battle .
Damn ! this race is really nice!

Photo Simon Jourdan.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : NO WORRIES FOR THE 895 AND 945.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : NO WORRIES FOR THE 895 AND 945.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018

2.30pm :
On the cartography of the race the 895 ‘Henryprendlelarge’ and the 945 ‘Tartine cherche du beurre’ could give the impression that the boats are in trouble, but no worries is just their tracker who breakdown and don’t report them correctly on the map, not funny for the followers but everything is fine.

Photo Simon Jourdan.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : THE NAVIGTION IS GOING WELL.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : THE NAVIGTION IS GOING WELL.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018

13h30 :
Exept a short time at the entrance of the Irish sea the Italian Ambrogio Beccaria « Wanted Sponsor » with Tanguy Le Turquais, are the leaders of the Minis in Serie, we can find at less than a nauticl mile Clarisse Cremer and Erwan Le Draoulec who are in the lookout of the lesser weakness.
At 1.2 NM from the leader the young Amélie Grassi and the expert Davy Beaudart re witing for their time to shine, Tanguy Bouroullec and Sebastien Gueho are not far, the final sprint is coming.

Axel Trehin et Fred Denis get a comfortable advantage but the crazy pirates behind don’t have the same point of view, the famous big nose Raison Plan is at 7.4 NM from the lead, we find a bit farther Erwan Le Mené/Renaud Mary and François Champion/Ludovic Senechal, side by side at 12 NM. the race is not yet over and they better to look in their rear mirror for the Germans Jörg Riechers and Morten Bogacki who are at less than 20NM.

Photo Simon Jourdan.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : ON THE WAY BACK.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : ON THE WAY BACK.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018

12.30pm :
The night brings big changes in the ranking of this 33rd Mini Fastnet, the last boat is now half way on the race and go in the direction of Douarnenez, nobody droped out the race in this edition marked by perfect weather. They are all on the way back, the leaders give everything to keep their hight rhythm, the others are fighting to decrease the gap on the finish line, the battle continue for the last 10 NM but careful of the tirdness.
The happy sailors have stories to says but we will need to wait till they come back at the harbour to now about it.

The Japanese Masa Suzuki with the English Noël Sharpe on « Lendur » re in middle of the pack, they’ve got the 29th place in Series and still have to run 200 NM.
The Russian Irina Gracheva with her teammate Vasily Alekseev on « Irina Gracheva Racing » are 2.5 NM in a front of the Japanese.
« Little My » of Axelle et Pierre-Yves Pillain, father and daughter are at the same level than the Russians.
The Belgiuns Thibault Raymakers and Laurent Van Cutsem, winners of the 1993 Mini Transat in series with the boat named ‘Comtoyou.com’ are a bit late.
The Italian crew on « Arcora/PA-Sailing.com » of Andrea Pawlotzki and Frédérico Cuciuc are doing well despite the lost of their gennaker.

Photo Simon Jourdan.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : BYE BYE FASTNET.

MINI FASTNET 2018 : BYE BYE FASTNET.
June 27th 2018 DJIBI2018
10.30am :
The red lantern ‘ Novintiss’ of the Ternon brothers just passed the Fastnet and now looking in the direction of Douarnenez, they are about 145 NM late from the head of the race. the 591 ‘ Fantoms’ (Oms/Tobo) meet few problems, nothing major and they continue bravely the race between navigation and fixation.
The 627 ‘″Arcora/PA-Sailing.com »(Pawlotzki/Cuciuc) lost his gennaker (a precious sail) next to the Fastnet Rock.
The 890 ‘Ellesaimentlamer’ (Beauge/Zulian) had a bit of work to do after a shaft breakdown of the rudder but everything is fine now and they keep on going.
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Photo Simon Jourdan