Published on 9 October 2021
Alberto Riva (993 – Ediliziacrobatica), 12th Prototype skipper : “A stopover in the Mini spirit”
Alberto Riva was the 12th Prototype skipper to cross the finish line of the first leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Saturday 9 October at 7H44' (UTC). In so doing, the skipper of Ediliziacrobatica took 11 days 18 hours 14 minutes to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.
“I haven’t yet fully digested what’s happened with the stopover having created such big gaps between the first boat and the others. However, I’m happy with the way in which, within the leading group, we organised ourselves to seek shelter. We all communicated together. We made a collective decision not to put those competitors further back in danger, as they would doubtless have continued racing if we had, which would potentially have led to mistakes being made. Ultimately, that didn’t have the expected result but in Baiona, we really organised things very well amongst ourselves so we could have a staggered restart to adhere to a certain degree of sporting equity. We really discussed everything in detail and demonstrated great solidarity, in line with the Mini spirit. Once we set sail again, three skippers made good their escape, whilst the rest of the fleet remained pinned to the racetrack under a big cloud offshore of Galicia. After that, it was hard to find the motivation to finish the race. It felt to me as if it was a bit like delivery mode. I haven’t yet got my head around why we didn’t cancel the leg. In the end, I had a great battle with Brieuc (Lebec) and that was very motivating.”