Mini-Fastnet: Ranking update in PROTO.

Times at which the competitors crossed the finishing line:

1. Griffon.fr (865) Ian Lipinski and David Raison on Wednesday 21 June at 23h. 52min. 19sec.

2. Spicee.com (716) Romain Bolzinger and Julien Bourgeois on Thursday 22 June at 04h. 33min. 07sec.

3. Lillienthal (934) Joerg Riechers and Robert Stanjek at 05h. 22min. 28sec.

4. Eight Cube – Acryline (888) Simon Koster and Axel Trehin at 05h. 28min. 47sec.

5. Sideral (931) Andrea Fornaro and Oliver Bravo de Laguna at 06h. 08min. 29sec.

6. Ropeye (787) Sébastien Pebelier and Allessandro Torresani at 08h. 27min. 15sec.

7. Mille et un sourires (667) Thibault Michelin and Pierre Denjean at 08h. 59min. 15sec.

8. Région Guadeloupe (788) Kéni Piperol and Julien Hereu at 10h. 18min. 32 sec.

9. Roll my chicken (679) Aurélien Poisson and Lucas Montagne at 10h. 23min. 42sec.

10. Destination île de Ré (759) Antoine Cornic and Laurent Cornic at 11h. 17min 37sec.

11. Hinano (335) Jonathan Chodkiewiez and Jay Thompson at 11h. 53min 36sec.

12. Lore (348) Dominik Lenk and Radec Kowalczyk at 12h 45min 22sec.

13. Les-amis.fun (614) Fredo Guerin and Henri Duval at 13h 14min 34sec.

14. April Marine (650) Clément Machandel and Antoine Perrin at 13h 32min 59sec.

15. Coba2 (630) Pierre Moizan and Florian Mausy at 14h 32min 20sec.

16. Ixblues vamonos (412) Dorel Nacou and Nicolas Marchand at 15h 04min 32sec.

17.  Akali (316) Oriol Pujol Orgemi and Jordi Garriga Turon at 15h 32min 50sec.

18. Les bouchons d’ espoir Côtes d’ Armor (291) Eric Jezegou and Denis Aventurier at 17h 00min 05sec.

19. Adrenaline (346) Edgar Byczek and Tom Byczek at 17h 34min 37sec.

20. Petit citron Vert (184) Christian Jacquelin and Jean-Alex Gautier at 19h 28min 41sec.

21. C2O (395) Marine Feuerstein and Hanns Bergmann at 19h 38min 04sec.

22. Stenella Racing (392) Marcel Schwager and Andreas Hanakamp at 22h 58min 28sec.

23. Bleeding Cowboy (624) Nathalie Devouge and David Allamelou at 23h 05min 14sec.

24. Bon mais pas un rond (800). DNF.

25. VMax (419). DNF.

26.  Mini-Skirt (254). DNF).

Photo: Simon Jourdan

Griffon.fr: Unstoppable!

Wednesday 21 June at 23hours, 52minutes, 19 seconds

A clear winner, Griffon.fr triumphantly crossed the finishing line of the 32nd Mini-Fastnet. For the blue Mini, which led the race from start to finish, it was simply a matter of unleashing its power and let the combined skills of Ian Lipinski and David Raison do the rest. And by the way, Griffon.fr has set a new record finish time for the race of 3 days, 08 hours, 52 minutes, and 19 seconds.

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photo Simon Jourdan.

ETA of Griffon.fr: 11pm

Wednesday 21 June at 7.30 pm:

The expected westerly sea breeze has risen and the whole fleet have increased their speed. Ian Lipinksi and David Raison are 25,6 M from the finishing line and making 9.7 knots. Besides a clear victory, a new record finish time seems also likely. Yet nothing is definite until the finishing line is crossed…

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Photo: Simon Jourdan

Three days into the regatta.

Wednesday 21 June at 3pm:

Ian Lipinski and David Raison are dashing back at 8.4 knots and are 65.9 M from the finishing line. They are 20.7 M ahead of the leading chaser and it is now unlikely that victory should slip out of their grasp. This would be the third Mini-Fastnet victory in a row for the ground-breaking Griffon.fr, and a second victory for each skipper (David Raison won with Davy Beaudart in 2015, Ian Lipinski won with Sébastien Picault in 2016). To beat the race’s record finish time, which is also held by Griffon.fr, 865 needs to cross the finishing line before 04h, 03 minutes, and 08 seconds. Considering the mileage Griffon.fr still needs to cover, it seems totally doable.

3 days into the regatta, the rankings speak for themselves.

In the Prototype category:

1. Griffon.fr (865) 65,9 M from the finishing line.
2. Spicee.com (716) 20,7 min from the front-runner
3. Eight Cube – Acryline (888) 22,6min from the front-runner.
4. Lillienthal (934) 28,9min from the front-runner.
5. Sideral (931) 28,9min from the front-runner.
6. Roll my chicken (679) 46,7min from the front-runner.
7. Mille et un sourires (667) 48,7min from the front-runner.
8. Région Guadeloupe (788) 50,8min from the front-runner.
9. Ropeye (787) 51,2 min from the front-runner.
10. Destination île de Ré (759) 55,4 from the front-runner.

In the Production category:

1. Emile Henry (895) 102,2 M from the finishing line.
2. Cellestab.com (910) 1,7 min from the front-runner.
3. Océan-Dentiste.com (887) 3,8 min from the front-runner.
4. Technique Voile (913) 4,0 min from the front-runner.
5. Kerhis-Cerfrance (909) 4,2 min from the front-runner.
6. Mahi-Mahi (869) 4,3 min from the front-runner.
7. Construction du Belon (868) 5,5 min from the front-runner.
8. Shaman – Banque du Léman (903) 6, 0min from the front-runner.
9. Cachaca II (915) 7,5min from the front-runner.
10. Olivertessloff.com (893) 8,7min from the front-runner.

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Photo: Simon Jourdan

Hit-and-miss ETA

Wednesday 21 June at 11 am

Meteorology is not always an exact science, especially when it’s dealing with forecasting the weather in a small and specific area. Around mid-morning today, for example, Ian Lipinski and David Raison were making 9-10 knots, while 50 M to the east, the Figaro fleet was crawling along at 2-3 knots. As it is, during a wind transition phase, expected arrival times are as hit-and-miss as knowing the precise spot where the wind is blowing. Bearing this in mind, we may expect an arrival tonight between 8 pm and 2 am. In either case, this means beating the record finish time set last year by the same Griffon.fr.

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Photo: Simon Jourdan

Trapped in a spell of no wind

Wednesday 21 June at 8 am:

We could already picture the front-runners crossing the finishing line in the afternoon, or arriving later with a bright pink sunset sky…then no-wind! This spell of dead calm is tactlessly overstaying its welcome and keeps pushing back ETAs. It will be dark when they arrive, hopefully this will be today, or else not long after midnight… On the water, dead calm is like hell, nothing can be much worse for a sailor, especially in a regatta. It makes them feel completely powerless over their impressive machines, which are suddenly turned into nothing more than bottle corks drifting with the current. The truth of the matter is: their feeling of powerlessness is not so much subjective as experienced for real.

The wind should change from Easterly to Westerly, which entails sailing in an ‘in-between’ or buffer zone while the wind is changing direction. We had reckoned that it would be a narrow zone, but in the same manner of the increasing volume of sun seekers lying on the beach in this beautiful first day of summer, it looks like this buffer zone will stretch out in the sunshine and encompass the fleet. At noon today, pressure should rise again and the wind should veer to WSW then to WNW and remain constant until most of the fleet arrive in Douarnenez. It’s all hypothetical, of course, we can only make an educated guess!

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Photo: Simon Jourdan