Published on 14 November 2021
Giammarco Sardi, 5th Production Boat in Saint-François :“It feels like I’m stepping out of the university of offshore racing”
Giammarco Sardi (992) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 5th place in the Production boat fleet this Sunday 14 November at 18h 37min 54s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Antistene took 16 days 04 hours 37 minutes and 54 seconds to complete the 2,700 miles of the course between Santa Cruz de La Palma and Saint-François. His combined race time for the two legs equates to 27 days 03 hours 12 minutes 26 seconds.
“It’s fabulous to finish in the Top 5 in this second leg! It’s by far my best ranking this year on the Mini 6.50 circuit. I was already familiar with the course between the Canaries and the West Indies, even though it’s the first time I’ve come to Guadeloupe. I feel fantastic. It feels like I’m stepping out of the university of offshore racing and I’ve obtained an major degree. I’ve learned a massive amount. I think I’m ready now for the Vendée Globe, moreover I’m looking for sponsors! (Laughs) Perhaps it was a bit risky to drop as far south as I did, as that extended my course considerably, but I was convinced of my choice. Today serves as confirmation that my option was good. It’s very cool and I’m very happy. I’m pleased too for my mate Albi (Alberto Riva) who finished 2nd in the leg and has doubtless done very well in the overall ranking too. The Italians came out in force at the front of the pack in this leg and that’s a source of some pride. Thank you to my training group, my coach Ambrogio Beccaria and also to Class Mini Italia.”