- M • 06/06/1996 • 26 years old
Racing sailing dinghies for ten or so years (F16 and Bic Techno 2.93) and then IRC racer-cruisers in events like the Giraglia Rolex Cup, in the Mediterranean, today Arno Biston is lining up for the start of the Mini Transat. “Getting into solo sailing is a logical step for me after having done a lot of crewed and shorthanded sailing”, explains the sailor originally from Montpellier, who has now settled in Lorient, where he prepares boats ranging from the Mini 6.50 to the Figaro Bénéteau 3.
However, this is in fact a last-minute opportunity snapped up by the sailor. “My best mate, Nicolas Meyer, and I had been preparing the boat for the past two years and he was supposed to be doing the Mini this year. When it turned out that he couldn’t take the start, we decided that I’d go instead so as all our hard work didn’t go to waste”, explains the skipper of the Proto Transat Express.
A Manuard design built for Bernard Gallay between two Vendée Globes for the Mini Transat 2005, today she has been renamed Transat Express due to her new skipper’s short amount of training time. “At 16 years of age, my prototype is obviously not the ideal machine to win but no matter. It’s going to be an interesting experience for me whatever happens. A Top 10 at the finish would be neat though. Any better than that would be an added bonus, but my goals must be in line with my rather minimalist training. In any case, I hope to leave as many production boats as possible behind me”.
- Boat Number: 551
- Boat Race Name: Bahia express
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2005
- Architecte: Manuard
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