Back in the saddle

Nice delivery Pornichet to Lorient with Donatien Carme on his proto mini 650 #606 “Six Sausages” 😉  Sunshine and mild wind for the first time since I’ve been in France which was wonderful for the one and only Hawaiian aboard! Foncia MOD 70 and Gitana trimarans passed us going the other way along with a few minis and Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty’s Open 60.  Just a normal day in France when so many open class boats are on the water – and on a week day no less!  Next we may deliver a Pogo 2 Monday or Tuesday on the same route and same team 😉

A small video below of me & Dona:

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One day at a time…

Just a day ago I was lamenting the lack of upcoming yacht deliveries. However it now appears one that had been simmering will happen from July onwards of a boat from the US to Vanuatu.  So this would be the 2nd straight year I’ll have taken a boat from the US to the South Pacific / Australia along with the high potential Linda and I sail our S&S 34’s from the US to Australia before cyclone season come mid-November as well…

Below the radioactive seawater impact map from NOAA showing the nuclear pollution ‘bloom’ from the Fukushima disaster approaching Hawaii with the easterly setting ocean currents… It makes me think about the fish I traditionally catch on my yacht deliveries from Hawaii to the West Coast not to mention the approaching floating wreckage from the Japanese earthquake I’d illustrated on a previous blog entry…

Lorient update

Blowing a big gale here in Lorient since almost a week.  My friend Donatien Carme breaks a dagger-board in the Select race and allot of other damage in the fleet.  Since arriving I have been evaluating my finances and situation.

The budget for next year would be quite massive in the order of 30,000 US +. I currently have no yacht deliveries in sight to top up the war chest for this summer yet.  I am considering selling my proto and later transitioning to a Series boat such as a Pogo 2 or in an ideal world a Naccira 650.  It is risky to hold onto a proto without having the budget for so long.

However I might currently race the La Trinite-Plymouth mini race, the UK Mini Fastnet and FR Mini Fastnets aboard a series Pogo 2.  I will know in the next few days.  That would get me up to five Mini Fastnets and test racing in the series class – the current competitive hot-bed of the Classe Mini.

Without a big $ sponsor the magnitude of 30,000+ for the Transat 650 (not including if I break something major) is huge.  For this same budget I could race Linda Pasquariello around the world next year with stops for example in a sort of ‘Mod Prologue’ aboard our  sister-ship S&S34 yachts.  So some tough choices but all will work out for the best in the long run…

Meanwhile good luck to Linda who is double-handing a yacht delivery of a Beneateau now with Jon Sanders from the north of Australia to Sydney – all of which is upwind 😉

Below current wind file showing the forty + knots here in Bretagne…

Je Arrive !!

Arrived to Lorient, France and as soon as I got off the TGV train from Paris my mini friend Donatien Carme picked me up and informed me the port called and we had to move his mini 650 😉

So I wasn’t here for more than an hour before I’d stepped back aboard a mini and was drooling like a labrador at Banque Populaire V 130ft trimaran, the Banque Populaire Open 60, MOD 70’s and an assortment of minis as we crossed the harbor basin aboard Dona’s mini 606…

Next checked on my mini 433 and she’s fine considering how long I’ve been gone – safely nestled in her bunker here at this converted World War 2 submarine base that is now ‘home’ to the fastest yachts in the world.

Today check and test her electrical systems – house batteries, Max-Power hydrogen fuel cell and then Monday I sail with Donatien on his mini from Lorient to Pornichet as he’s doing the Select race which we’ve both done before.  Then its looking back north to put 433 into the water…

Press coverage / Transat 650 ’11

If you’re considering sponsoring the Transat 650 ’13 – here are some press stats from the 2011 race…

The press balance of La Charente-Maritime Bahia Transat 6,50

225 000 unique visitors to the official website, 6 million pages viewed, 3,785 fans on social networks, 28,000 players on Virtual Regatta, 53 news items from the agency AFP…

All the media results are in the press balance…click link below: 

Press Balance Transat 650 ’11

France retour

France it is.  I fly on April 11th before a TGV ride to Bretagne for the 12th.  Its been awhile so I’m over-due for a baguet or two ; )  Donation Carme my mate of the proto #606 that did the last Transat 650 is picking me up from the TGV station in Lorient and will loan me ALL his current Classe Mini mandatory safety kit and raft to reduce the $ burden this year!  He is also a full time Figarro preparateur for the likes of Jeanne Gregorie and Corentin Douguet – so his assistance to re-rig #433 will be awesome!

Under the pic of me and Dona below, a pic of me prepping 433 on the last merry-go-round and under that the designer of my #433 – Samuel Manuard doing spinnaker-sheet aboard his sister-ship #431…(431, 432, 433 were built out of the same hull moulds).