It’s Monday and it’s under a sunny sky that most of the 77 Minis registered for the 17th Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy can be found in Tréboul port whilst waiting for safety checks prior to departure on Thursday. The volunteers and organisers have happily set everything up this morning and everybody agrees that the long awaited summer has finally arrived on the tip of Finistère ! But will it last .. ?
The weather situation is quite complex for the second half of the week. And it risks deteriorating from Wednesday with a depression coming up rapidly from Spain to the Bay of Biscay then Ireland. So the wind might be light for the start of the race whilst a second depression, stormy, forms and generates a strong wind over the eastern area from Friday evening. Jean-Jacques Quéré, our weather specialist, remarks that the situation can of course evolve and will be re-assessed for the pre-race briefing planned for Wednesday 18:00 via videoconference.
One week from the start of the 17th Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy, preparations at Winches Club are picking up pace and the volunteer teams are organised according to strict Covid-19 protocols. Everything will be ready on Monday to welcome 84 skippers and start their safety checks (the inventory of all the essential and regulatory equipment on board). For the moment the departure is expected to take place at 09:00 on Thursday 3 June.
The Mini season Atlantic races have well and truly kicked off. After the Plastimo Lorient Mini was raced in full lockdown during April, then the Pornichet Select and the Mini in May which ends as I write these words, the Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy will be the 4th race in less than 2 months for certain. Tanguy Bouroullec, winner this morning of the Mini in May, commented : « It was energetic! The whole time I had between 15 and 25 knots, the conditions were dynamic. But there was no sun. It was so grey that I didn’t even see the Glenans when I passed beside them »
Let’s hope summer will make its appearance this time !
From 31 May, the Mini 6.50, these mini offshore sailing boats with a reduced crew, will assemble in Douarnenez for two big races of 2019 : the Marie-Agnès PéronTrophy, a challenge of the « French Championships of Solo Offshore Racing – Mini 6.50 » and the Mini-Fastnet. Continue reading THE SEASON OF THE MINIS IN DOUARNENEZ