Today, Friday, 13th November, Frédéric Denis racing his Proto Nautipark crossed the finish line at Point-à-Pitre, IIles de Guadeloupe, to win this year’s Mini Transat. He was well ahead of Axel Tréhin, sailing Aleph Racing, currently in 5th position.
Remarkably, Nautipark’s average speed was 10.52 knots over an actual logged distance of 3,230.79 nautical miles, 450 miles more than the theoretical distance.
It looks as though Michele Zambelli or Luke Berry will take second place. They are neck and neck with 16 miles to go. Nikki Curwen is in 11th place, and Lizzy Foreman in a Series boat is currently 30th out of 43 still racing in the Series race; she has 570 miles to go.
Mini Transat - 6.50 Class Mini - Part 1
Classement Proto : Arrivée de Fred Denis (800), vainqueur de la Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBmz_u17JoU
Saint François, porte d'arrivée de la Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe
Frédéric Denis Wins Mini Transat
Nikki Curwen at Facebook
An average speed of over 10 knots is pretty amazing considering the size of the boats - I am guessing they can maintain these high speeds at night using either a wind vane or electric autopilot?
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