Published on 9 October 2021
Léandre de Schrynmakers (906 – DRAGO), 15th production boat skipper :“A scenario we hadn’t planned for”
Léandre de Schrynmakers was the 15th 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 0h38'40" (UTC). In so doing, the skipper of DRAGO took 11 days 20 hours 8 minutes and 40 seconds to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.
“It really is a scenario we hadn’t planned for. Ultimately it was one leg with three phases. It was so good at the start, then it was hard for two days and after that there was the finish. That was really great. The last three days were cool with good breeze and sunshine. I was able to climb up the leader board further along the racetrack but initially, after leaving Baiona, it was hellish. It was very hard to motivate yourself again. I switched from sailor mode to landlubber mode and then back to sailor mode and I completely stuffed up the transition. That’s why I say I had three phases. The positive to take away from this leg is that at the end, I managed to kind of forget a bit about the competition and have fun, especially so when we were embroiled in a fierce battle that went to the wire. Today, I feel happy to be at the finish!”