Published on 15 November 2021
Yannick Lemonnier, 17TH Prototype into Saint-François
Yannick Lemonnier (491) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 17th place in the Proto fleet this Monday 15 of Novembre at 20h 37min 47s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Port of Galway took 17 days 06 hours 37 minutes and 47 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.
“I had a lot of difficulties last night. I was making good headway and then I gybed into a raft of sargassum. I rolled over twice, rudders in the air; there was so much of the stuff it was like a carpet! I damaged my spinnaker and was no longer able to use it after that.
It was a dream I’d had since I was 26 years old. I dismasted during the Mini Fastnet, but thanks to the support I received I was finally able to effect repairs and participate. That’s how I discovered the big Mini family. I thought I was all alone, but actually, when one of us has a problem, everyone pitches in to help!
A new chapter of my life is beginning now. When you’re at sea, you’re far from your family and kids. I missed them, I wanted to spend more time with them. In fact, the Mini has a destructive aspect on the one hand and on the other, it enables you to rebuild yourself. It’s a bit like an addition, you have to give it your all. It’s time that you don’t spend with your nearest and dearest. I feel overwhelmed to have made the finish and ready to begin a new chapter.”