The departure on live on your screens
The Mini-Transat La Boulangère organizing team is pleased to announce that you will be able to watch the start of the race live on your small screens.
Our video production agency SeaEvents will capture for you the best moments of the departure of the 84 boats in La Rochelle Bay, for a live broadcast on France 3 Régions.
Two aerials: 11am-12pm on the NoA channel (100% New Aquitaine channel) and 2pm-3pm on France 3 Regions (New Aquitaine, Pays de Loire and Brittany) for a cannon shot at 2:15pm.
The live feed will also be accessible from your computer.
LThe escort boats of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019
Every week, discover the different boats and their crews who will watch over our skippers. Their mission is not only to follow the minis and watch over them, but also to be ready to intervene if the race director, Denis Hughes, asks them to.
This week, we introduce you to Yemanja and her crew.
YEMANJA - JPK 38 operated by Hervé Perroud.
Hervé Perroud has been sailing for nearly 50 years, a classic course: regattas, in a dinghy, races, offshore between Brittany and the Azores, then two Transquadra in doubles with Jean-Pierre Kelbert. Since 2012 on his JPK38, he has covered 20,000 miles on a cruise from Scilly to Cyclades. His next sailing area: the West Indies. Rather than a "classic" delivery, he decided to be an escort boat for the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019.
On the advice of JPK, he contacted Pascal Chombart de Lauwe who had also expressed his wish for a new crossing to follow the minis (he was on board an escort boat on a pogo 40 in 2005). Since 2003, Pascal has been taking part in the 6.50 circuit with his daughter, then on his Nacira solo, 15,000 miles including the Sables-Les Açores-Les Sables in 2010 and the Mini-Transat in 2011. He then went to IRC3 on a JPK 10.10 and competed twice in the Transquadra in doubles, in 2014/2015 and 2017/2018 where he finished first!
They will be joined by two other minists: Robert Jacobson, 3 Mini-Transat (2009-2011-2013) and Erwan Pellen, 1 Mini-Transat (2013). The latter will be replaced for the second stage by Stephane Langlois, an experienced sailor and emergency doctor with the Maritime SMUR.
Yemanja, Hervé Perroud's JPK38, is the first example of the new range of fast cruising yachts, developed since 2012 by the JPK Composites shipyard of Larmor-Plage, Morbihan, elected by Voiles Magazine Sailboat of the Year 2013. Resulting from the know-how of the design team, widely proven by the multiple laurels collected in competition, the JPK38 is not only safe and marine, but also powerful and comfortable, it seems to be an ideal platform for the tasks assigned to the Mini-Transat's escort boats.
The exhibitors of the race village
Last week, we presented two exhibitors who will be present on the starting village. As a reminder, this village will be located in front of the aquarium, next to the Trawlers basin where the 84 minis will be parked. It will be open from 14 to 22 September 2019, every day from 10am to 10pm. In addition to the two exhibitors we were talking about last week, we are presenting a third one this week:
- FAROL knives: knives designed and manufactured by a navigator, Sylvain Berthommé, who has already participated four times in the Mini-Transat and even finished third in 1985. It was in 1995 that he created the first FAROL knife, while he was in the Azores during a family tour of the Atlantic Ocean. Returning to his home port of La Rochelle, he settles in an old fishermen's hut, the adventure of FAROL knives is launched...