In Wonderland

Franck Lauvray alias Francky calls all his boats “Alice”. Why? Because it slips along obviously! His Mini project dates from when he was 20. He even designed the boat of his dreams ten years ago. But to achieve his desire  for a transatlantic crossing before hitting 50, he acquired the 346. It’s the oldest boat of the fleet which will head off tomorrow morning. But it’s the boat which sticks the closest to his image, with an wing mast and a heap of innovations since 2001 plus the 4 transatlantic crossings that the boat has completed.

A strict amateur, originally from Orvault in Loire-Atlantique, Francky has been sailing at a high level since he was 18. Notably in the Admirals Cup in 1999 “I’m the Pierre Coubertin of the Mini’s! I’m philosophical about things”. With his sheer desire to sail and achieve his 30 year old dream, Franck represents the true spirit of the Mini’s.


For information on his project:

The safety and weather briefing

The safety and weather briefing take place on Wednesday  2 june at 18:00  with Denis Hugues, race Director, Jean-Jacques Quéré, weather forcaster and Frédéric Guérin, President of the Race Comittee.

It will take place as a video-conference and you must connect at 17:45 using the following link : Briefing via Teams

You’re not obliged to install the  Teams application, you can connect using an up to date internet browser.

To connect to  Wifi : Winchesclub-Guest / password : Map&FastNet21

The briefing will be recorded  and put online afterwards.


Born in Mini

Offshore racing has by now well and truly re-started , since last weekend up till the end of this week three races have taken place and it’s interesting to see that a fair few competitors have been in the Mini Class. So we had  the Transat in pairs  7 « born in Mini » and noticed  a great second place for   Tanguy Le Turquais. At the moment the  Normandy Channel Race pack which  includes  15 former  Mini skippers has reached the south of Ireland led by Ian Lipinski and Gwenolé Gahinet. And Ocean Race Europe left on Saturday with  9 former Mini skippers. Taking part in the  Mini’s is one of best ‘passports’ to offshore racing !

But let’s come back to  Douarnenez, at 2 days from departure the number of those registered has fallen to  73 for varied, different reasons and the waiting list has been exhausted. Competing we find  10 nationalities, 10 women and 63 men. Amongst them, in the  series, we find  Léo Debiesse on the  966 once more – the Alphas, Basile Bourgnon on the 975 -Edenred, Jean-Marie Jézéquel on the  951 – Branchet/KPL, Hugo Picard the last winner of the Trophy on the 1014 – SVBTeam and of course Hugo Dhallenne, on the 979 – St Lunaire Yacht Club who has won the three Atlantic races this year. On the Mediterranean side, one to watch is  Alberto Riva on the  993.
Looking at the prototypes, Sébastien Pebelier on the podium last Mini en Mei and Select, will once again skipper 787-DECOSAIL and  Irina Gracheva will be on the 800, very motivated after long repairs on its keel. We’ll also see  Victor Turpin on the  850-Pays d’Iroise. The big favourite of the prototypes is  Pierre Le Roy on the  1019- BIG BOUNCE which won the  Plastimo Lorient this year.

You can find all the competitors registered here :