The 70-stong Mini Transat fleet continues its slow progress in 2-4 knots of wind heading towards the Spanish coast
The 70-stong Mini Transat fleet continues its slow progress in 2-4 knots of wind heading towards the Spanish coast.
Samuel Manuard (431 – Tip Top Too Le Grau du Roi – Port Camargue) is still leading the field with 5.5 mile gain on Jonathan McKee (247 – Team Mc Lube) and Pierre Rolland (347 – Extrado).
Frédéric Duthil (265 – All Mer), who took the option to go further west in search of a more direct route, made a wise decision and although he’s down in fifth position, he seems to be the best position.
The route to the Cape of Finisterre could signal the end to these calm conditions with a north-easterly wind in the east of between 5-10 knots predicted for Friday during the day.
Those at the back of the fleet, notably Richard Mérigeaux and Thomas Valentin (in last place on Wednesday evening at 20h30) are making their comeback. Particularly Mérigeaux who is following the most direct route. While some have been struggling with a wind speed of 1kt, he has been charging ahead with 6.