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Published on September 23rd, 2019
As the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère remains in delay as their September 22 start is in postponement due to extreme wind and waves in the Bay of Biscay and offshore of Cape Finisterre, the fleet of Mini 6.50s did get out of the harbor for a 34-mile race around the bay of La Rochelle on September 22.
Eighty-seven women and men are entered for the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, a solo contest in the Mini 6.50, a powered-up 21-footer geared for offwind sailing.
The first leg begins September 22 (now postponed) from La Rochelle, France and extends 1350 nm to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. After an often complicated exit of the Bay of Biscay, sailors will expect some long slips down the Portuguese coast before arriving after 7 to 10 days in the Canary archipelago.
The second leg will start November 1 (may be postponed) from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and will take from 15 to 20 sailing days to complete the 2700 nm course and reach Le Marin in Martinique, French West Indies. Due to the numerous islands, the restart from the Canary can be tricky before reaching the famous trade winds that offer a long downwind run.