Under the sun at last!

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.

Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy – only 7 days to go

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 !