Summer of '99 Photos
As we enter the time of year that combines hauling boats and racing in the Fall series, Sailing Daily will present photos of the Summer of '99.
Mini Transat Start
Sunday saw the 70 boat Mini Transat fleet start in Concarneau France a small fishing village. Winds were SW 15-20, with the threat of a nasty Bay of Biscay depression.
First over the line was Nick Maloney. However, the initial turning mark came off station. So another start was mandated. During this time Maloney was hit by another boat. He had to return to shore to make repairs.
By Monday morning 20 boats had returned to port. Winds were nearing 30 to 35 knots, with the 21 foot boats on the wind. Some returned due to equipment failure, others due to concern over the weather.
The first position report revealed three French sailors at the front. Sebestien Josse was 1st, E. Grouhel 2nd, and A. Boissieres 3rd. All were sailing Roland designs.
Top international boat was Stephano Pelizza of Italy. English sailor Paul Peggs was 12th with Pete Goss crew member Alex Bennett 15th. Whitbread navigator Andrew Cape was 25th, with Nick Maloney 38th.