The first stage of the transatlantic sailing race 2019 is close to completion. In the night from Monday to Tuesday and the early morning of 14 October in Las Palmas on the Canary Islands finished the leaders of both divisions “proto” and serial yachts. Russian racers Irina Gracheva and Fyodor Druzhinin successfully conducted this part of the regatta.
The best result at this stage of the journey – 8 days 17 hours and 58 minutes – showed Axel Tree (945) from France. On the last day he successfully pursued his countryman Francois Gambo (865), long time leader in the race, and eventually finished ahead of his six and a half minutes. Third to the finish after another 20 minutes came another Frenchman Tanguy of Bouroullec (969).
Then crossed the finish line and nose first among production yachts – Italian Ambrogio Beccaria (943) spent on the course time of 8 days 19 hours and 52 minutes. An hour later, finished Felix de Navacelles (916), and after half an hour – Mathieu Vincent (947).
By the end of Monday before the Canaries got 11 “proto” and 15 serial yachts. Characteristically, in “series” first fifteen boats with the numbers “under 900 and above”, that is more or less new, released recently. By noon today at berths of Las Palmas, moored half of the serial fleet and 13 “proto”.
The first stage of the regatta Irina Gracheva (579) and Feodor Druzhinin (759) in their divisions finished in 25th and 10th places respectively. Irina – 9 days, 21 hours and 39 minutes, Fedor – 9 days 10 hours 03 minutes.
Currently in the race are still a total of 38 yachts. Four athletes – Ian Blondel (836) Paul Ruban (908), Jonathan Chodkiewicz (958) and Jean-Baptiste Ternon (880) – unfortunately left the regatta because of technical failures and breakdowns on the boats.
As you can guess, the last in Las Palmas will come those who, coming from repair, only recently left the port: David Kremer (260) and Joe Lacey (963). As of the morning of October 15 to the finish line they had to pass a little less than 700 miles.
Completed the race, the sailors are staying more than a week of sleepless dancing on the waves of the Eastern Atlantic. At the first opportunity, we will prepare and publish interview with the Russian participants of the Mini-Transat 2019.
The results of the first stage (La Rochelle, France – Las Palmas, Canary Islands):
Division yachts “proto”:
1. Axel Tree (8 days 17 hours 58 minutes)
2. Francois Gambo (8 days 18 hours 04 minutes)
3. Bouroullec of Tonga (8 days 18 hours 24 minutes)
Division serial yacht:
1. Ambrogio Beccaria (8 days 19 hours 52 minutes)
2. Felix de Navacelles (8 days, 21 hours, 35 minutes)
3. Mathieu Vincent (8 days 22 hours 32 minutes)
Part of the Russian jahtsmenov in the Mini-Transat is supported by the companies of NORD consulting, Griffon, Ullman Sails, Fordewind-Regatta, Gill, A. P. I. Marine, Sail Ropes, NAVTEAM, WISTA Russia, “Alfa insurance”, Aquapac, “Mobile century”, Nautix, MX6, Lyophilise & Co.
Sponsorship Irina Gracheva provides Path Yachting Foundation.
The progress of the race online can track on the website of Mini Transat –