The Mini Fastnet is a very well known race in the European Mini Circuit that usually takes the sailors (double handed on the Mini) from Douardenez, France to the Fastnet Rock, in Ireland, and back. The weather is considered the toughest for the mini sailors, and this year, because of gale force wind in the English Channel, the race organizers decided to send the racers to course “B”, that is all the way down to the Gironde Estuary, in the South West of France, and back. The race was about 480 nm with still plenty of breeze.
In a fleet of 75 boats where over 30 boats were racing in the “Serie” class, the Pogo 2 proved, once again, to be the best Production Mini out there. The Top 7 finishers are all Pogo 2 which confirms that the 2003 FINOT design has still many years of racing success still ahead! Peraphs the most impressive is that, the top three arrived within 1 minute and 7 seconds… ! Xavier Macaire (last year’s winner) and Kan Chuh (Vmax) arrived 21 seconds before Benoit Mariette and Grégoire Mouly (Odalys vacances) whom crossed the finishing line 46 seconds before Davy Beaudart and Nicolas Bunoust (Innovea Environnement).
Great racing! To read more about the 2011 Mini Fastnet, please follow this link.
Also, more photos of the race by Ricochets 17 or some practice in the breeze before the race by Gildas Hemon.