La Rochelle – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) – Le Marin (Martinique) : 4050 single-handed NM race.
The 81 boats will be in La Rochelle, Bassin des Chalutiers from September 20th to October 1st.
Start on Sunday, October 1st.
To follow the race, see the pictures and know everything about the Mini-Transat La Boulangère :
New edition, new organizer, new race course!
Starting from La Rochelle the minis will have to leave the « pertuis d’Antioche » and pass north of Oleron Island before heading in the famous bay of Biscay. Then, they’ll have to round Cape Finistere in Spain before sliding down the Portugal coast. Depending on the weather forecast the first half of this leg can be the most important of the transat. From south Portugal to Gran Canaria winds are generally north for a downwind finish.
On the second leg, starting from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the first traps to avoid are the huge relief of the island breaking the wind. The first goal will be to catch the trade winds generally blowing from the north east till the finishing line. But the trade winds are not exactly the gentle breeze they are supposed to be: squalls and gusts are frequent, calms often appear, and sailors have to manage with any wind shift.
Arrival in Le Marin bay, will most probably welcome exhausted solo sailors.
All ingredients joined together for a fantastic 2017 edition!
Mini Transat 6.50 also known as Transat 650 is a solo transatlantic yacht race, and associated Classe Mini class, that (typically) starts in France and ends in Brazil covering over 4,000 miles with a stop in the Madeira or the Canary Islands. The yachts are very small considering the scope of the race, and are sanctioned by the Miniclasse 6.5 organization and material specifications, which make the mini Transat 650 boat an open design.
The race runs on odd-numbered years, and was most recently completed in 2015. Sailors had to qualify by covering one of two specified 1,000 mile courses along with having 1,000 miles of ocean racing experience, much of it solo.
We support and keep fingers crossed for Andreas Deubel with Pico Battery Monitor integrated into the Boat.
Source: minitransat.fr, classemini.com, gazzetta.it, wikipedia.org