Recently Irina Grachev has declared the beginning of preparation for the next race, the Mini-Transat, which starts in 2021. In this training, she decided to participate in several regattas that will be held this year in France. One of these regattas – Les Sables-Les Açores-Les Sables – kicks off next week.
© Irina Gracheva
Introduced in 2006, the race immediately found a response among the famous and ordinary athletes of the class “Mini”. The race takes place every two years and this year kicks off for the eighth time.
This race has A category (like the Mini-Transat) and it requires special training for any yachtsman who wants to go on a journey across the Atlantic.
However, this season the race format SAS was changed in the pandemic COVID-19. And now, instead of two phases at 1300 miles each with an intermediate stop in the Azores will be held on three stages with start and finish in the Harbor of Les Sables-d’olonne. The result of the race will go to offset of the championship of France in the framework of the competition Course au Large en Solitaire (offshore ocean racing long distance). Arrival and registration of boats and crews begins with the first Aug.
The full programme of the event:
Stage 1: Les Sables d’olonne – Les Sables d’olonne (197 miles)
Stage 2: Les Sables d’olonne – Roscoff (470 miles)
Stage 3: La Maison des johnnies et – Les Sables d’olonne (866 miles)
Organizer: Les Sables d’olonne Vendée Course au Large
The head of the race: Denis Hughes
The maximum number of participants: 72
Start: 04.08.2020, 13:00 CET
Finish results: 31.08.2020
Type of crew: single
Race distance: 1500 miles
The race website: http://lessables-lesacores650.com/
According to the materials of pulicati network Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irinagrachevaracing/francegrachevirinasingles