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Old 10-31-2013
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Re: 2013 Mini Transat Race

Well, the Race Committee has decided to abandon the Douarnenez-Sada leg of the race due to concerns about the weather. Competitors were advised to head for Gijon or the nearest Cantabrian port. The leaders in the Proto and Series class, will be arriving in Sada shortly, with Giancarlo Pedote (747) extending his lead over Gahinet to 13 miles, with fewer than 20 miles to go (indeed, he is probably already there).

I don't want to speculate about climate change, but this has certainly been one of the strangest weather patterns I've seen, and the photos of the Mini 6.50's at sea certainly confirm that conditions have been very tough, even though the wind strength has not been above 20 knots. Be sure to see the great shots of 747 blasting through the waves with double-reefed main, solent and screecher. Gives you an idea what a wet, rough ride it has been.

What they do next will be interesting. Presumably the boats will have to re-group somewhere, perhaps Sada, but does this mean that Craig Horsefield will be able to rejoin the race if he can fix his boat and truck it to the start? Will they move the start further south to A Coruna or Cascais? Will they wait in Sada for a better window? Who knows?

And, of course, what about the TJV, which is cued up and ready to go? A very interesting time to be following offshore racing. Unfortunately, most people in North America are oblivious to all of this. Pity.
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