Rosetti dreams at Mini Transat, Beccaria and Bona chase at Jacques Vabre


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Luca Rosetti with his Race=Care

Let’s get ready for very hot days from a sailing perspective because Italian sailing in the Ocean seems intent on thinking big. The Mini Transat is coming to its final stages, while the Transat Jacques Vabre is now about to enter its prime, and in both there are those who make us dream. Luca Rosetti still leads the second leg of the Mini Transat, while the Italians at Jacques Vabre continue to struggle in the lead group.

Mini Transat – Rosetti believes it!

Well-deserved cover today for Luca Rosetti, who with his Race=Care is trying to accomplish what would be an undisputed sporting feat. In fact, the skipper from Romagna has been leading the second leg of the Mini Transat for several days now, a serious candidate for stage victory and more. He finished eighth in Leg 1 15 hours behind Belgian Gendebien, who, however, is now even 148 miles behind the Italian, realistically already at least 15 hours or more behind. The other skippers who finished on the podium, Quiviger and Lemunier, are similarly detached.

Overall victory in the Mini Transat 2023 is therefore something Rosetti can think seriously about, but first there will be the final 300 miles to tackle, which do not promise to be trivial. Approaching the Caribbean and the arrival of Saint François there is always the risk of thunderstorms, as well as a more unstable Trade Wind. It remains to be seen how Rosetti will approach these final legs of the regatta, whether by staying on the attack or remaining cautious.

Transat Jacques Vabre – The calm after the storm

Ambrogio Beccaria on Alla Grande Pirelli in a photo by LorenzoSironi.jpg

After a start marked by strong winds and waves, the Jacques Vabre is going through a calm phase. A large windless zone has formed off Portugal that the Class 40s are passing through and will soon affect the Imoca 60s.

It is not an easy time for the Italians in the Class 40: Beccaria, paired with Andrieu, slipped to sixth position followed by Alberto Bona paired with Pablo Santurde. The two Italian Classes suffered from their more easterly position in this light wind phase, while those to the west took advantage of some extra wind. Soon, however, the fleet will enter the Trade Wind, and the potentially more southerly location of Allagrande Pirelli and IBSA could be advantageous. Andrea Fornaro on Influence 2 is in 14th position 60 miles behind the leading group.

Giancarlo Pedote, on the other hand, on the Imoca 60 Prysmian Group, is in 17th position about 130 miles behind leader Charal, owned by Jérémie Beyou, who at this time seems to be able to dominate the race.


Mauro Giuffrè




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