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LÉANDRE DE SCHRYNMAKERS, 16TH PRODUCTION BOAT SKIPPER INTO SAINT-FRANÇOIS: “I HAVE A LOT MORE MEMORIES FROM THE FIRST LEG.”

Léandre De Schrynmakers (906) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 16th place in the Production boat fleet this Monday 15 of November at 04h 22min 54s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Drago took 16 days 14 hours 22 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 10 hours 31 minutes 34 seconds.

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“The first two weeks were very long and very monotonous. Things only got a bit spicier in the last three days when we finally got some breeze, squalls and sargassum!

At the start it was fine amidst the others. After that, there was no longer anyone on the AIS and I wasn’t making headway… Virtually nothing happened other than getting a rubbish bag wrapped around the keel. I had to go diving to remove it, but that’s all. It was great when things got going again! The emotion is only just coming out now that I’ve had time to make landfall. I have a lot more memories from the first leg. My main recollection from this leg is a very long tack southwards, which went on and on… and then towards the end, the noose tightening, the ranking taking shape… With breezier conditions things suddenly became more motivating.

I’m keen to have another crack at a transatlantic. Whether or not it’ll be in a Mini I don’t know, but I certainly want to do another crossing!”

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