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Djemila Tassin (552 – KAIROS), 50th Production boat skipper : “A sheer delight!”

Djemila Tassin was the 50th production boat skipper to cross the finish line of the first leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Saturday 9 October at 5h53'36" (UTC). In so doing, the skipper of KAIROS took 12 days 16 hours 25 minutes and 22 seconds to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.

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“The last time I entered this port, I’d just got my boat permit. That was four or five years ago. At the time, I never imagined I’d return here all alone on my boat. Nor had I imagined that a Mini Transat leg would be like this. It was an absolute delight. Lots of upwind but a sheer delight! (Laughs) Among the things I’ll particularly take away from this are last night’s surfing once the trade wind had re-established itself again and we were finally making headway at over 10 knots, the fear of the orcas every evening and seeing the miles slip away towards the waypoint. It was really something! The first few days were hard, but we were expecting that. The only time I cried was when I read some little messages from family in the morning! I really had fun out on the water. It was so good. I’d have loved to make landfall in daylight to see a bit of the island, but I was able to see the redness of the volcano and that was so beautiful. Added to that, I finished the leg with a fine match race and that was cool. Despite all that though, I have loads of questions for the old hands as there were certainly a fair few things I found harder than planned, especially the gybes. I’m eager to get going on the second leg but I have quite a few things to repair first. My bowsprit has cracked a bit, but I’ll be able to sort it all out.”“The last time I entered this port, I’d just got my boat permit. That was four or five years ago. At the time, I never imagined I’d return here all alone on my boat. Nor had I imagined that a Mini Transat leg would be like this. It was an absolute delight. Lots of upwind but a sheer delight! (Laughs) Among the things I’ll particularly take away from this are last night’s surfing once the trade wind had re-established itself again and we were finally making headway at over 10 knots, the fear of the orcas every evening and seeing the miles slip away towards the waypoint. It was really something! The first few days were hard, but we were expecting that. The only time I cried was when I read some little messages from family in the morning! I really had fun out on the water. It was so good. I’d have loved to make landfall in daylight to see a bit of the island, but I was able to see the redness of the volcano and that was so beautiful. Added to that, I finished the leg with a fine match race and that was cool. Despite all that though, I have loads of questions for the old hands as there were certainly a fair few things I found harder than planned, especially the gybes. I’m eager to get going on the second leg but I have quite a few things to repair first. My bowsprit has cracked a bit, but I’ll be able to sort it all out.”

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