It's hard to imagine all the little annoyances caused by the impromptu stop. When the Ministes left for this first stage they had just a few essential changes of clothes for life at sea ... What they had with them was simple and functional, but not necessarily ideally adapted to life ashore. The stopover in Gijon has changed the game, especially for those who were relying on their families to have things organised for them in Lanzarote at the end of this first leg.
This is the problem to have more than 80 boats racing in an a Transat and most of all have mixing top racers with amateurs. Sure it is very nice but that creates completely different rhythms and paces. How can they find a window if the + 80 boats will be in 3 or 4 days stretched on a huge area?
A decision has been made concerning the Mini Transat, already retarded for several weeks because of the bad weather conditions.
The fleet in Gijón (most) will now sail to Sada (where a few proto’s already are) out of competition, an upwind coastal trip of 160 NM in still challenging conditions.
In order to give everybody at least 48 hours of rest afterwards, the new and actual start of the race in Sada is foreseen next week, on November 12th.
Most important: to save time and because the race is now completely out of schedule for Puerto Calero, this stop-over is cancelled (but a technical stop is authorized). A gate next to Lanzarote will provide an intermediate ranking.
This causes serious logistical problems since the skippers already have shipped food & gear to Lanzarote for the second leg of the race, which is of course fundamentally different from the first (cancelled) leg.
So this time the Mini Transat will be disputed in one single leg of 3.600 NM (!), an absolute record. ETA in Point à Pitre: around December 1st.
Sada - Pointe-à-Pitre d'une seule traite | Mini Transat 2013 - Douarnenez / Lanzarote / Pointe-à-Pitre