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Piers Copham, 15th Prototype into Saint-François

Piers Copham (719) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 15th place in the Prototype fleet this Sunday 14 November at 14h 43min 11s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Voiles des Anges took 17 days 00 hours 43 minutes and 11 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 28 days 21 hours 49 minutes 25 seconds.

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“It was fantastic, absolutely incredible! Up until 36 hours ago, it had gone like a dream! After that, my tiller completely detached itself from the boat. The bolts have completely pulled out. For the past two days, I had to put my foot on the tiller for it to work. The rest of the time I controlled it with the sail. I just drifted when I slept. Looking at my course, it was as if I was making for Florida!

Due to this damage, I lost a lot of places, but I’m not overly disappointed because the experience was great. I even had time to cook and made sashimi from flying fish as a lot of them ended up being marooned on my boat. You have to have fun when you’re sailing, that’s important (laughs).

I really enjoyed slipping along. I posted a peak speed of twenty-five knots in a squall. It felt like I was flying, it was amazing. And what a wonderful Caribbean welcome, that certainly lives up to its reputation.”

“It was fantastic, absolutely incredible! Up until 36 hours ago, it had gone like a dream! After that, my tiller completely detached itself from the boat. The bolts have completely pulled out. For the past two days, I had to put my foot on the tiller for it to work. The rest of the time I controlled it with the sail. I just drifted when I slept. Looking at my course, it was as if I was making for Florida!

Due to this damage, I lost a lot of places, but I’m not overly disappointed because the experience was great. I even had time to cook and made sashimi from flying fish as a lot of them ended up being marooned on my boat. You have to have fun when you’re sailing, that’s important (laughs).

I really enjoyed slipping along. I posted a peak speed of twenty-five knots in a squall. It felt like I was flying, it was amazing. And what a wonderful Caribbean welcome, that certainly lives up to its reputation.”

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