- M • 11/03/1994 • 28 years old
After having won – and outright dominated – every single race he started on the Mini 6.50 circuit these last two years, Tanguy Bouroullec is one of the standout favorites in the Prototype category for the 23rd Mini Transat. “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. I know that on a transatlantic anything can happen. It’s what makes a race like this one so interesting, but it is also its main challenge. To finish first, first you have to finish. And you can’t make it on one leg, so you have to try to have the most reliable and solid boat” explains the skipper whose boat – a Verdier design – was launched in 2019, mere months before the start of the previous edition.
“We took her out of the boatyard only three months before the start of the race. I had some minor technical problems linked to it being a new boat, so I wasn’t able to exploit the full potential of my Mini 6.50” recalls Tanguy who was left with a bitter taste. “I needed some time to think about it, but I quickly realized that my will to take part in that race was still intact. As was my will to improve the boat” says the Finistère native. His Pogo Foiler is packed with technology: T-shaped foils, a retracting canting keel, rudders with elevators, scow hull, etc… A super-powered machine built in the family boatyard – the Quimper-based Structure boatyard that he and his brother are taking over – that he knows like the back of his hand. “A few new boats have come out these last two years. It should lead to an exciting race!” rejoices Tanguy. After two Mini Transats finished in 4th place in 2017 and 2019 (first in Production, then in Prototype), he knows that his experience will be an asset to go and get that win in Saint-François.
- Boat Number: 969
- Boat Race Name: Tollec MP/ Pogo
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2019
- Architecte: Verdier
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