Photos: Christophe Breschi

Return journey

In the Mini's Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables Aymeric Chappellier and Justine Mettraux lead proto and series classes after leg one

Tuesday August 14th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Making the mistake of finishing while the Olympic Games were going on - the first boats racing leg one of the Mini class' singlehanded Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables, reached Horta last Tuesday.

Leg one honours in the Proto class went to La Rochelle sailor Aymeric Chappellier and his La Tortue de l’Aquarium La Rochelle, which crossed the line at 19:10:23 UTC after an elapsed time at sea of 9 days 8 hours 8 minutes and 23 seconds or an average speed of 5.73 knots.

Chappellier pulled into the lead a day out of Horta by approaching from the north, staying in the breeze as those to the south of him were caught in lighter breeze. On his arrival Chappellier was received by the Mayor of Horta, Juan Castro and presented with a bottle of champagne.

Showing the international mix of the Mini class these days, Chappellier was followed into Horta by Italian Giancarlo Pedote on Prysmian at 22:31:15 with Czech sailor Milan Kolacek on Follow Me completing the podium at 05:19:31 the following morning. Kolacek had been without a radio with which to receive weather reports since the second day at sea.

In the Series class it was Swiss sailor Justine Mettraux, the only woman in the fleet, who won the class just over a day after the first Proto arrival aboard TeamWork in a time of 10 days, 10 hours and 46 minutes.

Mettraux chose a northerly route out of the Bay of Biscay but started to follow the great circle from there once her SSB radio packed up. Some met information was relayed to her by VHF by fellow competitor Ian Lipinski. Into the lead, TeamWork extended by up to 35 miles although this gap was reduced as the boats closed on the finish line.

While with no information she was worried about her position, ultimately Mettraux arrived a comfortable 4 hours and 18 minutes ahead of Ameyric Belloir on Tout le monde contre le Cancer, second in the series class.

"I'm obviously very happy," said Mettraux. "I had fun during the race, and I managed to prevent fatigue. The last 24 hours were the hardest. The sea was very bad, there were squalls and we had to fight to reach Horta."

The Artemis Offshore Academy's Becky Scott was forced to pull out 24 hours into the race with a broken autopilot. She contemplated returning to Les Sables d'Olonne and restarting but discounted this. “It was the right decision for me, but it is still very disappointing," she said. "I would have had 11 days in which to complete the leg and providing I had no further problems, would have given me two days rest before the start of Leg 2. It would have been difficult for me to get to the Azores and then be in a fit state to start the second leg.”

After a few days to regain their strength and catch up on their sleep, the start of the return leg to Les Sables d'Olonne takes place today.

With a depression to their north, the return journey looks set to be a fast one in strong following southwesterlies.

Leg 1 results:

Pos.  Class Boat Skipper Arrived
1 P La Tortue de L'aquarium la Rochelle Aymeric Chappellier 07/08/2012 at 19:10:23 (9d 08h 08m 23s)
2 P Prysmian Giancarlo Pedote 07/08/2012 at 22:31:15 (9d 11h 29m 15s)
3 P Follow Me Milan Kolacek 08/08/2012 at 05:19:31 (9d 18h 17m 31s)
4 P Fondation Nicolas Boidevezi 08/08/2012 at 05:49:08 (9d 18h 47m 08s)
5 P Benoît Marie 08/08/2012 at 20:07:57 (10d 09h 05m 57s)
6 P Chasseur de Primes Etienne Bertrand 08/08/2012 at 20:10:57 (10d 09h 08m 57s)
7 S TeamWork Justine Mettraux 08/08/2012 at 21:48:26 (10d 10h 46m 26s)
8 S Tout le monde chante contre le Cancer Aymeric Belloir 09/08/2012 at 02:04:23 (10d 15h 02m 23s)
9 S Althing Ian Lipinski 09/08/2012 at 04:22:52 (10d 17h 20m 52s)
10 S Groupe Accueil Negoce Clément Bouyssou 09/08/2012 at 08:45:09 (10d 21h 43m 09s)
11 S Damien Cloarec cherche Sponsor Damien Cloarec 09/08/2012 at 08:48:28 (10d 21h 46m 28s)
12 S Elect-Ra Jonas Gerckens 09/08/2012 at 09:28:08 (10d 22h 26m 08s)
13 P Bongo Maxime Salle 09/08/2012 at 12:30:13 (11d 01h 28m 13s)
14 S Go 4 It Simon Koster 09/08/2012 at 20:05:01 (11d 09h 03m 01s)
15 S Black Mamba Arnaud Chaigne 09/08/2012 at 22:41:44 (11d 11h 39m 44s)
16 S Acebi Jean-marie Oger 10/08/2012 at 00:08:12 (11d 13h 06m 12s)
17 P Fontanot Michèle Zambelli 10/08/2012 at 00:21:45 (11d 13h 19m 45s)
18 S M-Pharma Italia Luca Del-Zozzo 10/08/2012 at 02:54:32 (11d 15h 52m 32s)
19 S Netwerk Bert Bossyns 10/08/2012 at 03:06:55 (11d 16h 04m 55s)
20 S Stered Lostek Damien Audrain 10/08/2012 at 03:48:12 (11d 16h 46m 12s)
21 S Prepa Nautic / Chirurgie Cardiaque Yann Le-Pautremat 10/08/2012 at 06:40:13 (11d 19h 38m 13s)
22 S Pro Services Plus Jean-baptiste Lemaire 10/08/2012 at 07:51:19 (11d 20h 49m 19s)
23 S C-Possible Yoann Tricault 10/08/2012 at 08:40:13 (11d 21h 38m 13s)
24 S Bingo David Genest 10/08/2012 at 13:16:00 (12d 02h 14m 00s)
25 S Aventure 05 Briancon Christophe Fialon 10/08/2012 at 15:45:28 (12d 04h 43m 28s)
26 P Adrenaline Romain Mouchel 10/08/2012 at 19:08:55 (12d 08h 06m 55s)
27 S Zebulon Arnaud Gentien 11/08/2012 at 09:59:19 (12d 22h 57m 19s)
28 S Koati Emmanuel Renaud 11/08/2012 at 16:06:57 (13d 05h 04m 57s)
29 S Mad Spaniel Geoff Duniam 12/08/2012 at 00:30:09 (13d 13h 28m 09s)
ABD   Festival des Pains Antoine Rioux  
ABD   Felicity 2 Aron Meder  
ABD   Hissons les voiles en Nord-pas De Calais Julien Marcelet  
ABD   Ft Marine Hugo Plantet  
ABD Guillaume Dubois  
ABD   Artemis Rebecca Scott  
ABD Renaud Mary  
ABD   Passion d'Avril Francois Denis  



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