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2015 Mini Transat - Îles de Guadeloupe - Final results
2015 Mini Transat - Îles de GuadeloupeJacques Vapillon ©

Mini Transat 2015 – Îles de Guadeloupe

This time, it really is all over. The arrival of Yuri Firsov, the last competitor still at sea, let the curtain fall on the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe. Of course, there will still be some more backstage encounters and stories to be told for the umpteenth time, as well as disappointments to digest and triumphs to savour, but the Mini Transat 2015 has indeed left the front of the stage … that is, until 2017.

Night falls quickly in the Caribbean. Now it is almost a reflex amongst the sailors: after sunset, they must come together in a tribe, as the elders used to around the campfire, and tell great stories full of lessons. An unknowing passer-by might be surprised to hear about the number of stoppages, the equipment breakage and torn sails. It’s enough to make us believe that the lives of these sailors is only made up of intense moments which blend together fear and excitement…

Broken records

Whichever way you look at it, this Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe is about many records. First, the speed-records. Up to this point, the fastest sailor on a similar journey was Sébastien Magnen in 1999, who crossed from Concarneau to Guadeloupe in 24 days and 15 hours. In comparison, Frédéric Denis travelled the 4,020 miles separating Douarnenez and Pointe-à-Pitre in 19 days and 23 hours. This was an average of 8.4 knots over the entire route. Sébastien Magnen was credited in 1999 with a speed of 6.8 knots, while the fastest on the Mini Transat to date was Yves Le Blévec who crossed from La Rochelle to Salvador de Bahia at an average speed of 7.55 knots.

Another shattered record was the record for the distance sailed in 24 hours in the production boats. Aboard his Ofcet, Novintiss, Julien Pulvé broke Xavier Macaire’s previous record (272.6 miles) with a new record of 278.7 miles. He set an average of 11.6 knots from point to point. In this domain, it is clear that the appearance of Ofcet and Pogo 3 marks a real break with the old production boats. The powerful hull inspired by David Raison’s approach on his Magnum prototype, works its magic when the wind blows hard. The beautiful fight put up by Tanguy Le Turquais’ Argo (Terreal) and Edward Golbery (Les Enfants du Canal) on his Pogo 2, can’t hide the fact that it will be increasingly difficult to get a result without a new production boat with broad shoulders and flat nose.

The final significant result: only two sailors needed external assistance due to damage: Gilles Avril in the first stage and Radek Kowalczyk in the second. All the other sailors managed to get into port on their own. After a distress call from the Polish navigator, Sebastian Pébelier immediately turned around, went back upwind to find Calbud that was threatening to sink and then remained alongside his colleague helping until others could come to his rescue. Of course, the jury should allow him to re-claim the time lost, in recognition of the skill and speed with which the skipper of Mademoiselle Iodée responded.

Bruised and battered

The Mini Transat is not just about performance. To cross the Atlantic at those speeds on a 6.5 metre sailboat, the sailors have to know how to live through permanent discomfort, the all-pervading damp and cuts and bruises which are, happily, often inconsequential, but also reflect the harsh conditions life on board. During the first hours of the day when the sun is still in the east and is hitting the back of the boat, they need to choose between Scylla and Charybdis: to remain on deck with maximum protection to avoid the risk of sunstroke or take refuge in the shade inside, which can quickly turn into oven. Small wounds become infected and quickly get worse on contact with sea water, as proven by a quick look at the sailors’ hands. A good disinfectant and a tube of ointment are part of the essential on-board pharmacy, not to mention the good waterproof plasters. The neck, wrists, ankles are particularly vulnerable to irritation. Helming in permanent dampness is not the best way to keep your skin baby-soft. There is no ideal solution, although specially adapted cushions can partly prevent the worst evils. However, many competitors admitted to not being able to sit down sometimes.

The best solution is to sail standing up and stark naked, with hands holding on the deck, and trusting the autopilot to steer. These small miseries of daily life may seem unimportant compared to the sailor’s performance, but they are an important factor in the sailor’s levels of tiredness and morale. Is it any wonder that after that, they need to go through a decompression chamber before resuming a ‘normal’ life? At Pointe-à-Pitre, the Mini-ists slowly get up to speed. Next Tuesday, Carl Chipotel has invited the whole community of the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe to his home for a proper Guadeloupean day in St. Anne, to bring to a close this great story which began nearly two months ago on the jetties of Port Rhu in Douarnenez.

Proto – Eurovia / CegelecGeneral ranking after the leg 2 : Arrecife – Pointe à Pitre
Rank Boat Race time Gaps Over ortho
1 Frédéric Denis800 – Nautipark 19d 23h 19min 55s 4020.7 nm
8.4 kts
2 Luke Berry753 – Association Rêves 20d 14h 04min 49s 14h 44min 54s14h 44min 54s 4020.7 nm
8.1 kts
3 Ludovic Mechin667 – Microvitae 20d 15h 36min 16s 16h 16min 21s01h 31min 27s 4020.7 nm
8.1 kts
4 Axel Trehin716 – Aleph Racing 20d 19h 35min 58s 20h 16min 03s03h 59min 42s 4020.7 nm
8.0 kts
5 Clément Bouyssou802 – Le Bon Agent Bougeons l’Immobilier 20d 21h 02min 06s 21h 42min 11s01h 26min 08s 4020.7 nm
8.0 kts
6 Michele Zambelli788 – Illumia 21d 02h 30min 08s 1d 03h 10min 13s05h 28min 02s 4020.7 nm
7.9 kts
7 Simon Koster888 – Eight Cube 21d 14h 35min 37s 1d 15h 15min 42s12h 05min 29s 4020.7 nm
7.8 kts
8 Jean-baptiste Daramy814 – Chocolats Paries – Coriolis Composites 21d 16h 42min 13s 1d 17h 22min 18s02h 06min 36s 4020.7 nm
7.7 kts
9 Nicolas D’estais630 – Librairie Cheminant 22d 04h 29min 40s 2d 05h 09min 45s11h 47min 27s 4020.7 nm
7.6 kts
10 Vincent Grison679 – Roll my Chicken 22d 19h 35min 57s 2d 20h 16min 02s15h 06min 17s 4020.7 nm
7.3 kts
11 Olivier Jehl629 – Zigoneshi-wichard 24d 20h 57min 43s 4d 21h 37min 48s2d 01h 21min 46s 4020.7 nm
6.7 kts
12 Nikki Curwen741 – Go Ape ! Live Life Adventurously 25d 12h 25min 27s 5d 13h 05min 32s15h 27min 44s 4020.7 nm
6.6 kts
13 Dominik Lenk348 – Dominiklenk.com 29d 12h 54min 28s 9d 13h 34min 33s4d 00h 29min 01s 4020.7 nm
5.7 kts
14 Fidel Turienzo304 – Satanas 29d 23h 41min 50s 10d 00h 21min 55s10h 47min 22s 4020.7 nm
5.6 kts

Série – Ocean bio actifGeneral ranking after the leg 2 : Arrecife – Pointe à Pitre

Rank Boat Race time Gaps Over ortho
1 Ian Lipinski866 – Entreprise(s) Innovante(s) 22d 09h 36min 30s 4020.7 nm
7.5 kts
2 Julien Pulve880 – Novintiss 22d 13h 09min 04s 03h 32min 34s03h 32min 34s 4020.7 nm
7.4 kts
3 Tanguy Le Turquais835 – Terréal 23d 02h 45min 43s 17h 09min 13s13h 36min 39s 4020.7 nm
7.2 kts
4 Charly Fernbach869 – Le Fauffiffon Henaff 23d 12h 43min 18s 1d 03h 06min 48s09h 57min 35s 4020.7 nm
7.1 kts
5 Armand De Jacquelot755 – We Van 23d 13h 40min 26s 1d 04h 03min 56s57min 08s 4020.7 nm
7.1 kts
6 Edouard Golbery514 – Les Enfants Du Canal 23d 13h 50min 24s 1d 04h 13min 54s09min 58s 4020.7 nm
7.1 kts
7 Edwin Thibon721 – Coeur Fidèle 23d 20h 09min 32s 1d 10h 33min 02s06h 19min 08s 4020.7 nm
7.0 kts
8 Thomas Guichard512 – Carrefour 24d 03h 57min 48s 1d 18h 21min 18s07h 48min 16s 4020.7 nm
6.9 kts
9 Simon Brunisholz796 – www.defiatlantique.ch – Mini Lab 24d 10h 04min 05s 2d 00h 27min 35s06h 06min 17s 4020.7 nm
6.9 kts
10 Patrick Girod824 – Nescens 24d 14h 53min 03s 2d 05h 16min 33s04h 48min 58s 4020.7 nm
6.8 kts
11 Olivier Taillard868 – Alternative Sailing – Kerhis 24d 18h 03min 34s 2d 08h 27min 04s03h 10min 31s 4020.7 nm
6.8 kts
12 Arnaud Machado832 – Du Léman à l’Océan 24d 19h 57min 44s 2d 10h 21min 14s01h 54min 10s 4020.7 nm
6.7 kts
13 Antonio Fontes745 – Vela Solidaria 24d 23h 14min 34s 2d 13h 38min 04s03h 16min 50s 4020.7 nm
6.7 kts
14 Roland Ventura523 – Fondation Planiol 25d 03h 01min 36s 2d 17h 25min 06s03h 47min 02s 4020.7 nm
6.7 kts
15 Andrea Fornaro857 – Sidéral 25d 03h 35min 05s 2d 17h 58min 35s33min 29s 4020.7 nm
6.7 kts
16 Rodolphe Victorri830 – St-pierre et Miquelon 25d 05h 55min 39s 2d 20h 19min 09s02h 20min 34s 4020.7 nm
6.6 kts
17 Dimitri Simons758 – Teamsolo.nl 25d 07h 21min 47s 2d 21h 45min 17s01h 26min 08s 4020.7 nm
6.6 kts
18 Sébastien Pebelier660 – www.mademoiselleiodee.fr 25d 10h 06min 38s 3d 00h 30min 08s02h 44min 51s 4020.7 nm
6.6 kts
19 Henri Marcelet737 – Région Nord-pas De Calais 25d 12h 59min 50s 3d 03h 23min 20s02h 53min 12s 4020.7 nm
6.6 kts
20 Victor Turpin599 – Générations Océan 25d 15h 02min 30s 3d 05h 26min 00s02h 02min 40s 4020.7 nm
6.5 kts
21 Carl Chipotel566 – Gwadloop !!! 25d 15h 05min 00s 3d 05h 28min 30s02min 30s 4020.7 nm
6.5 kts
22 Thomas Dolan481 – Shamus Software 25d 15h 19min 15s 3d 05h 42min 45s14min 15s 4020.7 nm
6.5 kts
23 Henri Lemenicier549 – LPO – Agir Pour La Biodiversité 25d 15h 40min 08s 3d 06h 03min 38s20min 53s 4020.7 nm
6.5 kts
24 Vincent Madern440 – Un Express pour Pointe-à-Pitre 25d 19h 20min 01s 3d 09h 43min 31s03h 39min 53s 4020.7 nm
6.5 kts
25 Andy Abel587 – Pepen 25d 21h 24min 41s 3d 11h 48min 11s02h 04min 40s 4020.7 nm
6.5 kts
26 Hervé Aubry836 – Ixina – Voilerie HSD 26d 07h 43min 02s 3d 22h 06min 32s10h 18min 21s 4020.7 nm
6.4 kts
27 Mathieu Bourdais879 – Tous au Large 26d 08h 44min 02s 3d 23h 07min 32s01h 01min 00s 4020.7 nm
6.4 kts
28 Quentin Vlamynck728 – Arkema 2 27d 05h 12min 18s 4d 19h 35min 48s20h 28min 16s 4020.7 nm
6.2 kts
29 Aitor Ocerin858 – Iparbeltz 27d 10h 04min 05s 5d 00h 27min 35s04h 51min 47s 4020.7 nm
6.1 kts
30 Chris Lükermann732 – CA Technologies 27d 11h 09min 29s 5d 01h 32min 59s01h 05min 24s 4020.7 nm
6.1 kts
31 Lizzy Foreman633 – Hudson Wight 28d 12h 22min 03s 6d 02h 45min 33s1d 01h 12min 34s 4020.7 nm
5.9 kts
32 Yann Claverie579 – Map Product 28d 16h 51min 03s 6d 07h 14min 33s04h 29min 00s 4020.7 nm
5.8 kts
33 Sylvain Michelet641 – A Chacun Son Everest ! 29d 01h 47min 48s 6d 16h 11min 18s08h 56min 45s 4020.7 nm
5.8 kts
34 Jesus Jimenez Martinez654 – Helly Hansen Tarifa 29d 14h 44min 58s 7d 05h 08min 28s12h 57min 10s 4020.7 nm
5.7 kts
35 François Jambou552 – Concevoir et Construire 29d 20h 24min 03s 7d 10h 47min 33s05h 39min 05s 4020.7 nm
5.6 kts
36 Xu Jingkun529 – China Dream 30d 03h 54min 52s 7d 18h 18min 22s07h 30min 49s 4020.7 nm
5.6 kts
37 Frédéric De Mesel623 – Double Trouble 30d 11h 57min 00s 8d 02h 20min 30s08h 02min 08s 4020.7 nm
5.5 kts
38 Katrina Ham635 – Katrinahamracing.com 31d 03h 30min 55s 8d 17h 54min 25s15h 33min 55s 4020.7 nm
5.4 kts
39 Jan Heinze613 – Lonestar 31d 04h 32min 17s 8d 18h 55min 47s01h 01min 22s 4020.7 nm
5.4 kts
40 Yury Firsov838 – Magnum Sports 32d 12h 53min 58s 10d 03h 17min 28s1d 08h 21min 41s 4020.7 nm
5.1 kts
41 Guillermo Cañardo657 – Peor Para El Sol 33d 23h 59min 30s 11d 14h 23min 00s1d 11h 05min 32s 4020.7 nm
5.1 kts
42 Nacho Postigo860 – Vamos Vamos 34d 07h 33min 41s 11d 21h 57min 11s07h 34min 11s 4020.7 nm
4.9 kts
43 Federico Cuciuc556 – Zero et T 35d 00h 55min 36s 12d 15h 19min 06s17h 21min 55s 4020.7 nm
4.8 kts

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