In the kind of publicity stunt that only cute chicks and politicians get, Sam Davies has been made the ‘Godmother’ of the 2009 Mini Transat, where she’ll attend the Sunday start of the 49 Série (production)boats and 36 Proto minis bound from La Rochelle to Funchal, Madera and then on to Brazil – along with more than a hundred thousands others!
SA will be aboard Seattle rigger Chris Tutmark’s mini, today renamed “Mini Anarchy,” and we’re happy to support this low-key effort from a great sailor as humble as they come. There is, of course, an ‘official’ Mini Transat Virtual Race, but the official website is so incredibly hard to read that we don’t know what the prizes are or if it costs anything to play. In fact, spend some time on the site simply for comic value; while we love that the insular French decided to finally give us (and their sponsors) some English to read, the translations are simply hilarious. You can probably get a month’s worth of great Engrish from the site. There’s also a mobile site and some solid videos and the official tracker should be up soon.