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On the second day

Last night, everyone defended their position but it appears that the God of Wind abandoned the skippers in the early hours. The fleet has now drawn closer in the Bay of Audierne. The front runners are the 5 prototypes : 950-Porsche François Champion, 787-DECOSAIL Sébastien Pebelier, 1019-BigBounce Pierre Le Roy, 800 Irina Gracheva and Victor Turpin’s 850-Pays d’Iroise.

For the Séries, Léo Debiesse on the  966-Les Alphas leads his category pursued by 4 competitors  less than half a nautical mile away, the 914-Maitri – powered by Velotrade of Brieuc Lebec, Alberto Riva’s 993-EdiliziAcrobatica, Romain le Gall’s  987-Les OptiministeTribord and Hugo Dhallenne’s 979-YC Saint Lunaire.

The fleet are very slowly  getting closer, with  2-3 knots in  Chaussée de Sein which they should reach in mid-afternoon. This morning the routing application  declared an ETA (estimated time of arrival) of between 21:00 and 22:00 this evening.

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Taking stock after 12hrs of racing

So it’s now been 12 hours since the competitors set off from  Douarnenez and the first have reached Groix, so  82 nautical miles at an average of slightly less than 7 knots. Good weather,  smooth seas, and no withdrawals up to now apart from the 589 which never left.

At the head of the race we find the  prototypes : 950-Porsche François Champion, 787-DECOSAIL Sébastien Pebelier and 1019-BigBounce Pierre Le Roy bunched up together.  The 800 skippered by Irina Gracheva has caught up and got much closer to the first three. And 2 nautical miles further two other boats bring up the rear of the first group : Victor Turpin’s  850-Pays d’Iroise and Timothée Villain-Amirat’s 756.

Looking at the Series,  two Pogo 3 are in front : the  914-Maitri – powered by Velotrade of Brieuc Lebec and Léo Debiesse’s  966-Les Alphas. Alberto Riva follows on the  993-EdiliziAcrobatica, a Vector (rounded bows), then a  Pogo 3,  Loïc Blin’s 871 and  Romain Le Gall’s Maxi 987-LES OPTIMINISTES TRIBORD (also rounded bows). This group of five largely make up the head of the fleet which now extends over 25 nautical miles . The night should prove to be quite tactical and therefore tiring, a crucial point of the Trophy.

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Passing the Raz 

Four hours after departure, the  950-Porsche skippered by François Champion has crossed  the Raz de Sein first, separated almost nautical mile from Sébastien Pebelier on  787-DECOSAIL. The third prototype is the 850-Pays d’Iroise skippered by  Victor Turpin.

For the Series, Romain Le Gall’s Maxi 987-Les Optiministes Tribord heads up the category just in front of  Loïc Blin’s 871 and Melwin Fink’s 920.

Right now the fleet extends over about 8 nautical miles.

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A great start!

The  17th  Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy got started slightly late, at  09:15 with a slight westerly wind (3-4 knots) and a cloudy sky. It was  François Champion on the prototype 950-Porsche who reached the first mark before the others then set off for the  Raz de Sein, followed by Julie Simon’s Series  963-DinaMips. And it was Georges Kick on the 529, an hour after the start, who went round the same buoy last.

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Course’s change

Because of the weather forecast, and the absence of wind at the start of the race the course has been reduced to 165 nautical miles as follows:

1 Start North area of Tristan island
2 La Plate leave on port (48°02,4 N – 04°45,5 W)
3 Le Chat leave on starboard (48°01,5 N – 04°48,8 W)
4 Men-Hir leave on port (47°47,8 N – 04°23,9 W)
5 Cap Caval (Card W) leave on port (47°46,5 N – 04°22,6 W)
6 Spineg (Card S) leave on port (47°45,3 N – 04°18,8 W)
7 Basse Perennes (Card W) leave on port (47°41,1 N – 04°06,3 W)
8 Jument de Glénan (Card S) leave on port (47°38,8 N – 04°01,3 W)
9 Ile de Groix et ses dangers leave on starboard
10 Speerbreker (Card E) leave on starboard (47°39,1 N – 03°26,3 W)
11 Basse Mélite (Card N) leave on starboard (47°38,8 N – 03°25,5 W)
12 Edouard de Cougy (Card E) leave on starboard (47°37,9 N – 03°23,9 W)
13 les chats leave on starboard (47°35.8 N – 03°23.5W)
14 Jument de Glénan (Card S) leave on starboard (47°38,8 N – 04°01,3 W)
15 Bouée Chaussée de Sein (Card W) leave on starboard (48°03,8 N – 05°07,7 W)
16 Tevenec leave on starboard (48°04,3 N – 04°47,7 W)
17 Basse jaune leave on starboard (48°04,6 N – 04°42,4 W)
18 Finish

Start tomorrow at 9:00

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.


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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 !

Nearly June !

We find ourselves a little more than a month from the departure of the Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy, the first of two Mini races leaving from Douarnenez. The Plastimo-Lorient, which raced during confinement, has just finished and saw Hugo Dhallenne and Thibault Vauchel Camus win in Series (979), plus  Pierre le Roy and Cédric Faron winning with  the  imperial prototype 1019, Réseau étincelle.

The Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy and the Mini-Fastnet have been placed on the list of priority competitions by the French Sailing Federation and should take place on the dates concerned under a protocol adapted to the health situation;  less convivial perhaps but the warmth and good spirits of the Winches Club volunteers will still be present!

Dozens of boats are on the waiting list. And the organisation has just allowed 4 extra places, carrying the number of registrations for each race to 84. The competitors can’t wait to get to Douarnenez in June. Which makes for a very promising season.

MAP Trophy 2021

17th MARIE-AGNES PERON TROPHYFrench Solo Offshore Racing Championship – Mini 6.50

Departure – June 3, 2021
Awards – June 5, 2021

International Solo Race of 220 nautical miles
Douarnenez – Plateau des Birvideaux – Douarnenez

This  race passes through the Iroise Sea and Southern Brittany, has been organised  by the Winches Club since 2005 and registered on the Mini Class calendar since 2006.

This race starts in Douarnenez. Over  220 nautical miles it crosses the Iroise Sea, the Bay of Audierne and Southern Brittany then approaches  Lorient and Birvideaux Lighthouse  and then returns to Douarnenez.

The registration to this race is open in FOR SKIPPERS