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José Linarès (860 – Vamos Vamos), 54th Production boat skipper : “I broke a lot of stuff”

José Linares was the 54th production boat skipper to cross the finish line of the first leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Sunday 10 October at 12h20'50" (UTC). In so doing, the skipper of Vamos Vamos took 12 days 22 hours 50 minutes and 50 seconds to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.

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It’s been a very long road to get to this point. It began four years ago. The first leg was very hard due to the strong winds I encountered at the start. I’ve had lots of technical issues too since leaving Les Sables d’Olonne. I’ve broken a lot of stuff, including the mainsail halyard and the solent the first night. Mentally, it’s not easy to deal with something like that when your preparation has gone well. I think it was a good decision to seek shelter and stop in La Coruna after the severe weather warning was issued. I tried to repair my rudders but didn’t succeed and had more issues a few days later. After the stop, I calmly got myself back out on the racetrack as a result of all that. Despite all the issues though, I managed to sleep quite well and my result suits me. I’m very happy to have made it to La Palma, that’s the main thing.

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