With two days to go before the start, the alternative course option has been chosen. So it’s a race south towards the Gironde Estuary that will start on Sunday. A shorter circuit, 465 nautical miles, but still within the parameters necessary for the sailors to validate a race of 600 nautical miles. The race director, Denis Hugues, took the decision in consultation with the Mini Class and Winches Club, organizer of the event, and it wasn’t easy to take. Apart from the slightly unfavourable forecast for the Celtic Sea next week, it’s above all the public health context on the other side of the Channel and in Ireland that imposes a fortnight’s stay in a hotel with multiple PCR tests (not reimbursed) on any crew that should stop there. The cost to the skippers could amount to several thousand euros. From previous experience, it’s not uncommon for damage to occur in the Channel or Celtic Sea during this event. The last edition of the Mini-Fastnet saw a competitor dismasted and towed to Penzance in England. It’s therefore a reasonable and safe choice for crews who often have a tight budget and no time to spend 15 days of forced holiday locked in a hotel. The departure is therefore set for Sunday at 15:00 to be in phase with the passage of the Raz de Sein.
This morning 82 boats are registered for the race : Fastnet Fleet sheet 2021
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