The Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron is a regatta that complements the Mini-Fastnet. A kind of exercise in style as are often single-handed sailing. The Iroise and Brittany have a range of coastlines, islands and narrow passages that generate very different sailing conditions. Advantage or not, the Breton sailor knows well these waters in general and the shelters are never distant or difficult to access in case of trouble.
The race usually starts by a festival in Douarnenez bay options and then win the Raz de Sein who rarely misses only play the spoilsport with tidal currents. After the long Audierne Bay resurface options tactical approach Glénan and Cap Caval. If the mist is present, navigation can be tricky in this area very busy with fishermen and small freighters. Groix happen quickly enough and the ground path is favorable to regatta sailors.
It remains to go next to Belle Isle in tacking the Plateau of Birvideaux which is the southern boundary of the course. At this stage of the race, the leaders generally have pitched their advance and the options are more limited to ascend to the Raz de Sein and it westerly buoy to leave to starboard. If a fast flow of SO is setting up, it’s a great ride for the return while the light airs, however, exhausted competitors short of sleep. These are the times when the committee is keeping watch with satellite beacons. One more time a passage of Raz and Douarnenez bay opens to small boats.
“Intense, hard … but fantastic” is told at the return