Mini Transat restarts, our sailors’ chances


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Today, at 12 noon Italian time, the second leg of the Mini Transat starts
. The toughest one, 2,770 miles from Lanzarote (where the 72 Minis have been for about a month after the first Douarnenez-Canarie leg) to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. This is where real sailors will be seen. There are five Italians left in the race, after Andrea Pendibene (pictured above, far left) on Pegaso Marina Militare abandoned due to dismasting off La Coruna.


Among the Protos, Michele Zambelli on Illumia and Alberto Bona on are ready. Both are coming back from a below-expectation first stage: Zambelli finished 12th, Bona 14th, after, moreover, having been at the top of the standings in the first days and having seen their lead fade away due to poor tactical choices. Compared with leader Davy Beaudart and his Flexirub, the round bow boat evolution of David Raison’s legendary Teamwork (winner of the 2011 Mini), Michele is about 24 hours behind, Bona 31. It will be very difficult, but trying is a must. Especially since Zambelli wants to improve on his 10th place finish in the 2013 Transat, and Bona is coming from a fifth place in the Series.

andrea fornaroEYES ON FORNARO

In the Series, eyes are on Andrea Fornaro, aboard Sideral. The Lazio sailor amazed everyone in the last leg: excellent start, tactical disaster, bottom of the initial ranking, and then a steady comeback of as many as 25 positions and 13th place finish. He showed great zest, Andrea. And now he can play it. The delay from leader Ian Lipinski is 19 hours. Few, out of nearly 3,000 miles. Roland Ventura, on the other hand, starts from the 23rd step, a more than decent placing for an old boat such as his (Fondation Planiol), but surely the Italian living in France will want something more. How much more will Federico Cuciuc (on Zero & T), who will start from 43rd place after many breakdowns in the first leg. There is everything to catch up on! Go Blue!



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