The Mini-Transat returns to Port Cournouaillais 24 years after the 1991 edition. Since 1999, the Mini-Transat had left the shores of Cournouaillais for other horizons. The return of the event to Brittany marks something of a return to its origins, close to the founding plan of Bob Salmon, the creator of the event.
After departing from Douarnenez, the sailors will require outstanding seamanship skills to negotiate the route across the Bay of Biscay and down past the tip of Spain, before heading west for a stopover at Lanzarote, one of the Canary Island archipelago’s most pristine islands. From there they will pick up the trade winds, with the opportunity for a high speed sleigh ride across the Atlantic to show off the exceptional planing qualities of their designs, before the fleet arrives, all colors blazing, at the finish line in Pointe à Pitre, the capital of Guadeloupe.
For this 2015 edition, all the organizations of Douarnenez will rally under the aegis of Douarnenez Courses. These include the yacht clubs; Douarnenez Voiles, the Société des Régates de Douarnenez, and the Winches club, who for many years have been the torchbearers organizing races for the Mini Fastnet and MAP; and also the association of Douarnenez Maritime Festivals and others; who will come together to prepare a festival of the sea and sailors to take place over the 15 days leading up to the start of the race. Competitors will be welcomed into the Port-Rhu, the historic maritime jewel at the heart of the city. In addition the Port Museum will host an exhibition on the evolution of this great race and the history of the Mini Class. Thanks to the unfailing support of the municipality, the entire city of Douarnenez is mobilized around this project.
From 9th to 19 th September 2015: 10 days at the “village départ du Port Rhu“, securty, interviews, doctors …
Sunday, September 13th , 2015: Prologue “Tout Commence en Finistère”
Saturday, September 19th , 2015: around 6:00 start of the “Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe “
Sunday, September 27th, 2015: Arrival of the 1st Mini at the Marina Lanzarote
Saturday, October 31st, 2015: Stat of the 2nd Leg from La Marina Lanzarote
Saturday, November 14th, 2015: Arrival of the 1st Mini in Guadeloupe
Saturday, November 28, 2015: Prize giving of the second Leg
December 2015: Prize giving of the MINI TRANSAT ÎLES GUADELOUPE 2015 Nautic de Paris