Breaking News: Frédéric Denis (Nautipark) winner at Pointe-à-Pitre

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Frédéric Denis (Nautipark) winner at Pointe-à-Pitre
of the Eurovia / Cegelec prototype ranking

The sailor from la Trinité crossed the finish line of the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe on Friday 13th November at 10:12’ 30’’ AM French time TU+1, meaning 5:12’30’’ local time in Pointe-à-Pitre. He finished in third position of the first leg in Lanzarote, less than 6 minutes after Axel Tréhin (Aleph Racing), he should be made winner of the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe. His closest opponents being over 50 miles away.
His average speed on the great circle route is of 9.04 knots. He covered 3,230.79 miles, which is 455 miles more than the great circle route, in 12 days, 19 hours, 2 minutes and 30 seconds. His surface speed is of 10.52 knots on average.

– 20th edition
– 72 registered
– 63 contestants on the 2nd leg
– 15 nationalities: 1 AUS, 2 BEL, 1 CHN, 7 ESP, 1 EST, 39 FRA, 3 GBR, 3 GER, 1 IRL, 6 ITA, 2 NED, 1 POL, 1 POR, 1 RUS, 3 SUI
– 33 foreign racers, 45% of the fleet
– 39 French racers, 55% of the fleet
– 4 women, 68 men
– Average age: 33 years old
–Youngest: 22 years old at the start / Quentin VLAMYNCK (FRA)
–Eldest: 56 years old at the start / Carlos LIZANCOS (ESP)
–52 of them take part in the Mini Transat for the first time. 20 repeat offenders including 16 for the 2nd time, and 4 for the 3rd time.

– Distance to cover 4,020 miles = 7,445 km
– 2 legs: Douarnenez -> Lanzarote -> Pointe-à-Pitre
– 1st leg left Douarnenez on 19th September, won by Davy Beaudart in the prototype category and Ian Lipinski in series boat.
– Start of the 2nd leg Lanzarote on 31st October —–> 2,770 miles —–> Pointe-à-Pitre finish expected 14th November
– Overall, the sailors will spend 28 days / 4 weeks at sea alone

Note to writers
About the Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe 2015: For its 20th edition and for the second consecutive time, the Mini Transat returns to its roots with a start in Douarnenez. The Cornouaille port will witness the 72 solo racers launching off on 19th September for Lanzarote where the Mini 650 will stop before leaving on 31st October to cross the Atlantic. After a little under three weeks at sea, the sailors will cross the finish line of the Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe 2015 at Pointe-à-Pitre where the mellow Caribbean will welcome them. On the smallest open sea sailing boat in the world, each skipper will deploy his or her skills to cover the 2,700 nautical miles (4,345 kilometres) that separate them from the West Indies. Singlehandedly, each contestant must find the moral resources to fulfill this unique adventure: crossing the Atlantic in a limited space and total discomfort where confronting one’s self is the only thing that counts.