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Taming a racing steed

Raphaël Lutard is signed up for the event with the most innovative prototype in the Class Mini. Launched in 2016, Arkema 3 really created a stir with her semi-rigid wing, her foils, her scow bow, her self-supporting bowsprit and a host of other new features that are less visible but nonetheless important, such as the use of recyclable resin. Aboard this extremely cutting-edge yet very complex and demanding Mini 6.50, Quentin Vlamynck secured 6th place in the Mini-Transat 2017. Now it’s over to Raphaël Lutard to take the helm.

Born in the Arcachon basin in SW France, Raphaël is preparing to take on a mighty challenge by participating in his first Mini-Transat aboard a machine like this, which has already posted 26 knots of boat speed! However, he boasts some solid experience on a Laser and then an Open 5.70 and has very close ties to the Mini 6.50 Arkema since he monitored her build and supported Quentin Vlamynck in his preparation for the 2017 edition.

For his first transatlantic aboard his ‘flying’ Mini 6.50, Raphaël Lutard is not putting too much pressure on himself. “It’s a watershed moment for me and a leap into the unknown. I don’t feel stressed about it, more a sense of positive excitement. It’ll be a great journey of discovery. Since I took up sailing, I’ve dreamed of becoming a professional skipper first of all, and then an offshore racer. The transatlantic passage is a dream for me and for this participation I’m expecting to be able to satisfy my objective: to make it all the way to Martinique. Naturally I’m keen not to regret a single thing at the finish.”

Nautical track record:

- Optimist then Laser
- French No.2 in Open 5.70 in 2011
- Trophies and delivery trips aboard the Multi 50 Arkema
- Participations in races on the Mini circuit in 2018 and 2019