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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.

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Photo by Simon Jourdan.