“ Starting from the city Saturday 23rd April at 2000 CET, the fleet will sail a straight 130nm passage across the channel to Plymouth, powered by a moderate 15 to 20 knots. ”
Things are about to hot up in Saint-Malo, with just 48 hours until the start of the first Transat warm-up in leg history.
Starting from the city Saturday 23rd April at 2000 CET, the fleet will sail a straight 130nm passage across the channel to Plymouth, powered by a moderate 15 to 20 knots.
Undeterred by the drizzly skies of Brittany, the team’s shore crews are out in force, preparing the boats for their channel crossing while the skippers attend mandatory briefings and media interviews.
As The Transat competitors arrived into the harbour on Wednesday 20th April, crowds of residents and tourists lined the waterfront to welcome the sailors and teams to France’s picturesque walled city.
Twenty of the 23 skippers taking part in the 14th edition of the race made it to Saint-Malo for the preliminary warm-up leg – 10 Class40s, three IMOCA 60s, five Multi50s and three ultimes.
IMOCA 60 team Edmond de Rothschild and British skipper Richard Tolkien are using the time to finish preparations on their boats, Vincent Riou’s PRB sustained damage to her keel on route and has stopped off to make repairs before heading direct to Plymouth.
Day two of the event saw the first official event briefing for the teams. Scheduled to start at 1100 sharp, international Class 40 skippers Anna-Maria Renken (Nivea) and Hiroshi Kitada (Kiho) were left waiting for their French counterparts – all running to “French time” (late) as was suggested!
This evening marks the first official press conference of the event, with each sailor taking to the stage to talk to media about their ambitions for race.
Arriving in Plymouth on Sunday 24th April after the warm-up leg, there will be just over a week to the start of 3,000nm The Transat bakerly 2016.