Mini Transat sailor Andraž Mihelin awarded 30 minutes following collision with press boat at start 5/10/07

Mini Transat sailor Andra? Mihelin has been awarded 30 minutes of time on leg one of the Transat 6,50 Charante-Maritime/Bahia (Mini Transat).

Mihelin on Adria4ocean was involved with a collision with a press boat during the start of the race from La Rochelle on 18 September and lodged a protest. The race committee have today officially announced the result of this protest, and announced that fellow competitor – Adrien Hardy – was to be given a two-hour penalty because he was not aboard his boat at the time of departure from the marina in La Rochelle.

These changes to time mean that Mihelin is now lying in fifth place overall with Hardy seventh.

See digbyfox tv footage of collision here. 

The second leg – 3,100 miles – from Funchal, Madeira to Salvador de Bahia, starts at midday tomorrow.