Published on 16 November 2021
Marc Claramunt, 47th Production Boat in Saint-François: “I’m eager to be at the start of the next one in two years’ time”
Marc Claramunt (657) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 47th place in the Production boat fleet this Tuesday 16 of Novembre at 14h 34min 51s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Abicena took 18 days 00 hours 34 minutes and 51 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 29 days 07 hours 26 minutes 51 seconds.
“It’s just crazy to arrive here. I spent a year and a half preparing for this Mini Transat and I really thought it was going to come to nothing when I lost my autopilot 1,500 miles from the finish. After that, I focused on other things than the race itself. I made the most of every moment to learn and test as many things as possible for the next edition of the race, which I intend to do in a prototype. I’m already stoked at the very idea of it as I’ve loved crossing the Atlantic singlehanded and I’ve adored the exercise and the adventure it represents. Conditions were fairly light and there were none of the big surfs in the trade wind that I had been expecting, but it’s been incredible. It’s been very pleasant and a lot of fun to sail. During the first half of the leg, we had a three-way game of tactics and chatted over the VHF. It was a great moment, as were the last few miles where a fair old group of us ended up slugging it out to make the finish line. When I crossed it, I was overwhelmed by a massive amount of emotions, including pride. I’m happy to have fulfilled my objective and reached the other side. I’m eager to be at the start of the next one in two years’ time with a more competitive boat and, I hope, a bigger budget. In any case, I hope I’ll have as much fun as I have done this year!”