Yesterday Irina Gracheva will take part in the singles race in France Recently, Irina Gracheva announced the beginning of preparations for the next Mini-Transat race, which will start in 2021. As part of this preparation, 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 – starts next week.
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Launched in 2006, the race immediately found a response among both famous and ordinary athletes of the “Mini” class. The race takes place every two years and starts for the eighth time this year.
This race is rated A (like the Mini Transatu) and requires special training for any sailor who wishes to sail across the Atlantic.
However, this season, the format of the SAS race has been changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, instead of two stages of 1,300 miles each with an intermediate stop in the Azores, there will be three stages – with a start and a finish in Les Sables d’Olonne harbor. The race result will count towards the French Championship as part of the Course au Large en Solitaire (offshore ocean long distance racing). Arrival and registration of boats and crews starts from the 1st of August.
Full regatta program:
Stage 1: Les Sables d’Olonne – Les Sables d’Olonne (197 miles)
Stage 2: Les Sables d’Olonne – Roscoff (470 miles)
Stage 3: Roscoff – Les Sables d’Olonne (866 miles)
Organizer: Les Sables d’Olonne Vendée Course au Large
Race Director: Denis Hughes
Maximum number of participants: 72
Start: 08/04/2020, 13:00 CET
Finish, results: 08/31/2020
Crew type: single
Distance of the race: 1500 miles
Race website: http://lessables-lesacores650.com/
Based on publications on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irinagrachevaracing/ 114 Yesterday # 10238