Published on 13 November 2021
Tanguy Bouroullec (969 – Tollec MP/ Pogo), third prototype skipper in Saint-François: “It was a tough punch to roll with”
Tanguy Bouroullec crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 3rd place in the prototype fleet this Saturday 13 November at 16h 57min 06s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Tollec MP/ Pogo took 15 days 02 hours 52 minutes and 06 seconds to complete the 2,700 miles of the course between Santa Cruz de La Palma and Saint-François, with an average speed of 7.06 knots. He finished 1d 3h 54 minutes after the skipper of the first boat, Pierre Le Roy. His combined race time for the two legs equates to 22 days 05 hours, 09 minutes 36 seconds.
“I’m happy to make the finish as it’s been a long leg. I don’t have the result I was hoping for, but I’m over it. I’m eager to see the cartography, because a lot has happened for sure. I gather that the southerly option worked well. It’s been a complicated leg. Where I was, I had very little breeze. I had at least two or three days with 8 knots of breeze throughout the day and that hurt in terms of the ranking. I had some minor technical issues. I broke my bowsprit twice. I managed to resurrect it twice. I did all I could to repair it as well as possible so I continue to fly a spinnaker. I told myself that I wasn’t going to end up in fourth place three times, that I was still going to try to salvage a podium place.
Out on the water, it’s tough to make decisions. You don’t have all the data to hand and the data you do have is not always very reliable. Where I was, I was supposed to have more breeze than I had. I often tried repositioning myself to the south to get more pressure but there was never a lot more. I think I should have just gone for it, which is what Pierre (Le Roy) seems to have done. I quickly grasped the fact that we weren’t in the same place and we didn’t have the same breeze. Ultimately, it’s my first podium in the Mini Transat after two 4th places in 2017 and then in 2019.
Did I have fun? Not as much as all that, because in the end there wasn’t the big surfing throughout the Atlantic. Really, I came back to the event to win it. Once I got my head around the fact that it wasn’t going to happen, it was a tough punch to roll with. It’s been a bit hard, even though I was in the match. I really wanted to hunt this victory down, but I’m not sure I’ll be back to have another crack at it. Three times is already a lot. I’m going to take a break from Mini. I know it’ll take a while to digest all this, but that’s how it goes, that’s the name of the game in this sport!”