After four month of winter work, everything is slowly starting up again. In May I will head to France to sail the Mini en Mai, a 500 mile single-handed race. It will be the last race that I need for a successful qualification for the Mini Transat.
A short flashback on the winter so far: Until New Years I was busy sanding the hull. I had put some solid dents into the boat during my first few harbour maneuvers and after ten years the paint was not looking that well anyway: Four Atlantic crossings leave a mark.
The start was on October 17th at 13:00. Tracking available here
The Mini Barcelona will be the last qualifier for me this year. After a second place during the AIR Valencia I know that it is possible to sail competitively with an older boat: Just sail tactically and make less mistakes that the other guys. But the Mini Barcelona is a simple drag race and tactics don’t count for much. 130 nautical miles to Menorca and 130 nautical miles back to Barcelona.
After a short tack to the south the fleet headed towards Menorca. I was in third place and could clearly see the two leaders in front. I knew that my hull shape and my single daggerboard would somehow limit my speed on a reaching course, but as long as I could keep in contact with the leaders, all was fine.