Mini Transat. Frédéric Denis winner at Pointe-à-Pitre on NAUTIPARK

Frédéric Denis (NAUTIPARK) imposed himself on Friday in Guadeloupe, for the second leg of the Mini Transat 2015, winning the entire race in the prototype category

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The second leg of the Mini Transat 2015, between the Canary Islands and Guadeloupe, was won by Frenchman Frédéric Denis, winner of the race in the prototype category.

Denis (Nautipark) crossed the finish line at 5:12 AM local time (10:12 in Paris), a little less than 13 days after having left Lanzarote (Canary Islands) on 31st October.

The start of the first leg had been given on 19th September in Douarnenez (Finistère) and the fleet comprised prototypes (26) and series boats (46), all of which are only 6.50 m long. A member of the technical team of Thomas Coville’s maxi-trimaran Sodébo, Denis (31 year sold) is an electronics engineer.

Third of the first leg

He had finished in 3rd position of the first leg Douarnenez-Lanzarote, after Davy Beaudart (1st) who abandoned at the start of the second leg, and Axel Tréhin (2nd) who was in 5th position on Friday morning, approx. 140 miles behind Denis. Nautipark is a Lombard-Schipman design with which Gwénolé Gahinet had set off for the Mini Transat 2013 but had to abandon off the Portuguese coast as his keel threatened to come off. Denis later bought the boat and got it back into shape.

The second “proto” expected in Pointe-à-Pitre is the Italian Michele Zambelli’s (Illumia) or the Briton Luke Berry’s (Associations Rêves), both within 75 miles of Guadeloupe on Friday morning. The previous edition of the Mini Transat, in 2013, was won by Frenchmen Benoît Marie (prototype) and Aymeric Belloir (series).

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