hold your horses

This Proto 6.50, the Pogo Foiler, will be at the start of the Minitransat La Boulangère, that is,whenthey eventually start…

“Maintaining the Sunday start is not reasonable.” Race Director of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, Denis Hugues, has taken the decision, in agreement with the organizer, to postpone the start of the first leg, originally scheduled in La Rochelle at 14:15 hours on Sunday.

“For the past two days, we’ve been monitoring the weather forecast very closely and observing the unsettled systems in the Atlantic”, he explains. “If we were to start the race on Sunday, the competitors would have to confront some very tricky conditions from Tuesday evening, with heavy seas and W/SW’ly winds averaging 30 knots, gusting to 40 knots.

We’ve studied all the possible models, such as putting in a waypoint along the Spanish coast to avoid the worst conditions. However, that won’t work for the majority of the fleet. The Bay of Biscay passage is always tricky. When the conditions aren’t playing ball, this becomes dangerous.”