Mini Fastnet 2018 : From Trophy to Mini Fastnet.

It’s destination is the lightehouse named ‘the tear of ireland’, this is the last lookout of the country for the migrants reaching amercia, and is a myth on its own. Its bright white light breaks the darkness every 5 seconds, guiding many sailors in this wild and dangerous path.

For the Mini’s 650 sailors it’s a real monument. The Mini Fastnet is extensive: with his 600 milles on straight route, it’s the longest of the Mini series (apart the Acores race of the Mini transat).

The Mini fastnet is part of a wide range: this track give succesive specific ocean views, a tight navigation between ‘chenal du four’ rocks, the crossing of the ‘Manche’ and the slalom at the exit of the DST between the cargo; and Land’s end, an extreme point south of the great britain and the diagonal crossing of the irish sea, and finally the way back from the fastnet lighthouse to Douarnenez.

The Mini fastnet is compeated with teams of two, and attracts a variety of couples; expert couples who aim for first place , unisex67 solo sailors were keen to jump on the ‘Marie-Agnes Péron trophy’, to make a crew of 74, and 148 sailors on the starting line to do the big loop to the celtique sea and meet with the mythic “Fastnet Rock” lighthouse.

laborious MAP

He fought to the end as he knew that “only victory is pretty”. Being the first to arrive at the harbour, it will likley take several days for François Jambou to come back down to earth. The Concarnois have been managing the Minis races since 2012, with a third place on the S-A-S in 2014, the 2015 Mini Transat and again a spot on a podium at the last Mini Fastnet. Fanch’c’ enhances the spirit of the Mini’s. A simple and supportive man, sailor and competitor, generous and determinated, he recalls on the podium of the 2018 MAP Trophy award ceremony that “this was his first victory in 6.50”. For sure, this one felt really good. There is something to be proud of for his forfathers on the podium at this level!, finally, his perserverance effort were rewared after a laborious battle.

When dicussing him after the mini transit at the end of last year, it was hoped that he would not return for the next Pogo3, always on the look out he entertained and impressed the spectators. In the 2nd place of the 2017 S-A-S, with his old Pogo2 in a middle of a pack of brand new models. With his brand new Pogo3, from the starting line to the end last thursday he was on fire, not giving of his formidable fellow competitors a chance to pass him, leaving them powerless. Despite the great experience of a tireless Davy Beaudart, and despite the last stand of his first forfather, Erwan Le Droualec, the italian Ambrogio Beccaria leading this demanding Mini’s race from start to end, his victory was speechless . Forza Italia.

there are few sailors who say theyve had a double victory

A double MAP / Mini Fastnet.

There are few sailors who say theyve had a double victory in the same year and on the traditional douarnenist event of June. The first double victory was won by Didier Le Vourch in 2006 (Proto Magnen-Nivelt 265), then David Le Diraison in 2009 (Proto Manuard 679), the only double series victory is owned by Damien Cloarec in 2014 ( Narica 833). The same boat, the famous ‘plan raison’ n°865, that won the 3 last seasons with Davy Beaudart in 2015, and with Lipinski in 2016 and 2017. Until now there are only 5 to have won this medal, with just 4 boats. So, it’s a big challenge for Ambrogio Beccaria (series) and Francois Jambou (proto).

Here we are

The Mini fastnet could be condensed by a loop between the Penn Sardin city and the fastnet rock, in south irlan, but the Mini fastnet maens more than that !unisex67 solo sailors were keen to jump on the ‘Marie-Agnes Péron trophy’, to make a crew of 74, and 148 sailors on the starting line to do the big loop to the celtique sea and meet with the mythic “Fastnet Rock” lighthouse.

couples ,mixed couples, some old expert with young and more. It is an opportunity to learn, exchange, to push the limit, or even just taking the first step couples ,mixed couples, some old expert with young and more. It is an opportunity to learn, exchange, to push the limit, or even just taking the first step. This race is in the Mini’s 650 has been running strong for 33 years, many of the 160 sailors who will run this sunday afternoon would not have been born for the first edition in 1985.


Photo by Simon Jourdan.

Small boats, great attitudes

This 32nd Mini-Fastnet has ended with a beautiful final scene. Once again, we find that at the heart of the race lies something much deeper than the spirit of competition, even at this high-flying level of sport and seamanship. The race was over last night when the last of the competing Minis crossed the finishing line near 3 am. However, one of the Mini-Fastnet’s fleet was still at sea: Lendur (470), which had to moor up in Ireland for a few hours for repair and was forced to withdraw.

The skippers decided to sail back to a safe berth in Douarnenez, where the Race Committee, in spite of the boat’s withdrawal, decided to stay in touch and assist Lendur until she had safely returned. At the entrance to Tréboul’s busy marina, Lendur was therefore greeted, as any other competitor, by a support dinghy, which guided her back to her pontoon this afternoon. This gesture of solidarity and respect is characteristic of this sport and this sailing Class.

Around 3pm came the announcement of Lendur’s impending arrival, and the race’s winner in the Production category, Erwan le Draoulec, volunteered to greet Lendur and tow her back into the harbour.
They are at the opposite ends of the ranking, but they have travelled the same road, followed the same tracks in the world of sailing that most people would shrink away from. They are half a century apart in age, as Erwan has just celebrated his twentieth birthday, while the Australian skipper Patrick Conway is seventy years old. Yet the young sailor’s throw of the tow line to the old skipper is a perfect symbol of the solidarity linking these sailors together. This mixture of humility and bravura, simplicity and greatness, that’s first Class. Their Class may be Mini by name, but it achieves greatness in many regards. I am not sure about you, but as for myself, I am already happily projecting myself into next year: same time, same place.


Photo: Simon Jourdan

Richard-Marika and crew

Richard-Marika is a boat that the Mini community knows well. She’s the boat skippers contact after rounding the Basse Vieille to make their impending arrival known, and as such she’s a symbol of the relief and elation that come with finishing the race. She’s a boat that competitors can hear because the horn sound signal for the race to start is emitted from her, and so is the Race Committee’s VHF, which ascertains the competitor’s identity and logs the precise time. Richard-Marika is a blue boat seen as a goal to reach in order to complete the regatta.

On the other hand, Richard-Marika is the flagship of the charity Optmiste 29, whose Chair, Gilles Guyader, on the occasion of the pre-race speeches, gave thanks to the Winches club for the gift of Richard-Marika to his organisation. Indeed, this former fishing boat (a seiner) has been converted to facilitate access to disabled people or people with reduced mobility, so they can go on board and enjoy cruising in the Bay of Douarnenez throughout the summer. Richard-Marika makes it possible for hundreds of people each year to go boating.

Richard-Marika is not only the property of Optimiste 29, she is a whole team of people who make time to work together, year on year, during the Mini 6.50 races organised by the Winches Club. Firstly, there’s the Captain, Louis, and his crew. Then there’s the even-tempered Jean-Jacques, who acts as a general coordinator and maverick, whose services range from weather forecasting, logistics, to assisting the Race Organisers. There’s Chantal, in charge of safety checks and a maternal figure nicknamed ‘mum’ by the skippers. There’s also Christian, the charity’s Treasurer, who can always be relied on whenever you need help; there’s the delightful Christine, who helps with a variety of tasks, and finally Dominique, who carries out safety checks, does the night watch on board Richard-Marika, and does a whole raft of maintenance jobs on the boat throughout the year.


Photos: Simon Jourdan

Mini-Fastnet: ranking update in the Production category

Thursday 22 June

They have been fighting tooth and nail and been on each other heels all along the race route. Judging by this 32nd Mini-Fastnet, we can expect a particularly exciting punch-up in the Mini Transat starting from La Rochelle on 1st October 2017.

Times at which they crossed the finishing line:

1. Emile Henry (895) Erwan Le Draoulec and Clarisse Cremer, at 10h. 39min 00sec.

2. Kerhis – Cerfrance (909) Tanguy Bouroullec and William Blosse, at 10h. 41min 14sec.

3. (910) Tom Dolan and François Jambou, at 10h. 44min 12sec

4. Technique Voile (913) Germain Kerleveo and Fred Duthil, at 10h. 50min 31sec.

5. Constructions du Belon (868) Nicolas Ferellec and Rémi Aubrun, at 10h. 57min 42sec.

6. Mahi-Mahi (869) Charly Fernbach and Benoit Hantzperg, at 11h. 04min 29sec.

7. Océ (887) Pierre Chedeville and Antoine Gloanec, at 11h. 06min 04sec.

8. Alla Grande Ambeco (539) Ambrogio Beccaria and Alberto Riva at 11h. 11min 38sec.

9. Shaman – Banque du Léman (903) Valentin Gautier and François Amaury at 11h. 12min 48sec.

10. (893) Oliver Tessloff and Victor Turpin at 11h. 25min 48sec.

11. Cachaca II (915) Benoit Sineau and Stéphane Le Diraison at 11h. 32min 38sec.

12. Challenge Espoir Mini Transat (917) Valentin Massu and Melchior Treilland at 12h. 20min 23sec.

13. Pogo Dancer (908) Pavel Roubal and Vedran Kabalin at 12h. 36min 35.

14. Golborne (832) Julien Mizrachi and Thomas Guichard at 12h. 50min 04sec.

15. Uniflow Marine (916) Stéphane Gressand and Alexandre Faidy at 12h. 58min 14sec.

16. Toto (935) James shead and Frederico Fornaro at 13h 45min 10sec.

17. Artelia (591) Marta Guemes and Didac Costa at 13h 45min 24sec.

18. Cabinand Rivault Nineuil – Enedis (892) Luc Giros and Pierre Baptiste Pion at 13h 50min 30sec.

19. Coco (866) Victor Barriquand and Maxime Miegebielle at 13h 58min 22sec.

20. Trebunnec (821) Loïc Fagherazzi and Vincent Madern at 14h. 09min 23sec.

21. Léopard (926) Guillaume Lecointre and Bastien Aumont at 14h 17min 44sec.

22. Patapain (896) Bertrand Saint-Supery and Adrien Bernard at 14h 35min 02sec.

23. White Sails (550) Kevin Tritschler and Jean-Louis Couedel at 15h 14min 22sec.

24. Manu Poki and les Biotechs (504) Elodie Pedron and Frédéric Bazin at 15h 53min 57sec.

25. Kalaona (824) Yann Burkhalter and Fabienne Burkhalter at 15h 55min 48sec.

26. Mini Doc (732) Lina Rixgens and Sverre Reinke at 16h 33min 38sec.

27. Val Je Velik (602) Slobodan Velikic and Sandi Misiraca at 16h 37min 21sec.

28. Jolly Roger (538) Massimo Ciccarelli and Stéfano Paltrinieri at 18h 56min 14sec.

29. Pandline-Hedefyelken (552) Ediz Onen and Marc Miro at 19h 34min 35sec.

30. Les Poupoules (879) Mathieu Bourdais and Jean-Noël Heraud at 19h 54min 27sec.

31. Mademoiselle Iodée (660) Julien Hatin and Emmanuel Chauvand at 22h 29min 03sec.

32. Salt (919) Sascha Bade and Michael Hoefgen at 23h 18min 26sec.

33. Pawan (250) Matthieu Lacharme and Guillaume Bapst on Friday 23 June at 00h 02min 02sec.

34. (627) Andrea Pawlotzki and Federico Cuciuc at 03h 17min 02sec.

35. Lendur (470) DNF.

36. Orafol-Haya (921) DNC.

Photo: Simon Jourdan

Mini-Fastnet: Emile Henri the winner in the Production category

Thursday 22 June

Ahead of the pack since Land’s End, they have given it their all and have landed a well-deserved victory. Emile Henri (895), on which Erwan Le Draoulec and Clarisse Cremer demonstrated expert seamanship, crossed the finishing line at 10h.39min.00sec. What a fantastic success in such a top-level regatta! The young duo made the Production category’s leading skippers bite the dust and brilliantly repelled repeated attacks from their tough opponents, whose pressure on Emile Henri was constant.



Photos: Simon Jourdan