American Jonathan McKee sails into Douarnenez to win the Mini Pavois
This morning Olympic Gold-Medallist Jonathan McKee sailed his 21ft Prototype Team McLube into Douarnenez winning Leg Two of the Mini Pavois and becoming overall winner after finishing first in Leg One.
“It became easier after the first leg of the race. After crossing the Channel the wind totally dropped and I started to ask myself questions. Where were my competitors? And there were several options – had I made the right choice?”
A favourite to win the Mini Transat McKee has enjoyed racing his 21ft boat Team McLube after sailing as mainsail trimmer on the OneWorld B boat in the recent America’s Cup.
Leg Two, Portsmouth to Douarnenez saw only 26 boats managing to start after strong winds depleted 11 boats from the fleet in Leg One from La Rochelle to Portsmouth.
The 800-mile singlehanded Mini Pavois was indeed a test for boats and skippers and no doubt will set the tone before the gruelling 4,500 mile Mini Transat which starts from La Rochelle in September 2003.
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