Mini Transat Leg 1 Winner
The new winner of the Mini Transat Leg 1 is the same as the old winner of the 1997 Mini Transat overall title. Sebastian Magnen sailing the same boat he sailed in 1997 finished at 0140 Eastern this morning.
Magnen's boat has been renamed and now sails as Jeanneau Voile Magazine. This first leg started in Concarneau, Brittany, France and finishes in Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands.
Magnen's Leg1 time was: 8 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 30 seconds an average speed of 6.09 knots.
To win Magnen had to old off several new designs. To do so Magnen has pursued a development program since winning in 1997. A naval architect by trade Magnen has added a bigger daggerboard and a new centerline water ballast tank for better upwind speed.
By sailing an optimized boat which has developed a high reliability factor through many miles of sailing Magnen shows how important these factors are in extreme sailing.
2nd place looks like it will go to New Zealander Chris Sawyer who is 42 miles from the finish at last report.
(C)update: Practice Race
With challenging yachts now filling the waters off Auckland, yesterday saw some actual racing in IACC boats. Not all challengers were in attendance, and it counted for nothing. Still, it was competition between some of the current generation boats.
Three current generation boats sailed. They were America True, Spain's Desafio Espsanol and France's 6eme Sens. Other boats taking part were America True's trial horse, and Young Australia built for the '95 cup.
Finishing first was America True. 2nd were the Spanish. Third was True's trial horse, 4th 6eme Sens and 5th was Young Australia.
America True picked the correct side on the 1st beat and won by 3 minutes. Sailing in lite air of 6-8 knots America True showed that at least some dividends have been gained by building early and training often.
In other challenger news, two American teams put to sea for the first time in New Zealand. For Aloha Racing their short sail in their 2nd hull USA 54 was the first time they sailed in New Zealand as they did all their training off Hawaii.
For America One it was a return to the waters they had trained on, but this time in a current generation boat. America One still awaits their 2nd boat.
J 24 World Championships
The Yacht Club Italiano is hosting this regatta in Genoa Italy. One race was sailed on Monday.
Italian teams finished in 6 of the top 10 places. Winner of race 1 was Italian Lorenzo Bressani.
Top American was Tim Healey in 8th place.
Click here for website with complete finishing order.