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Transat 650 Charente Maritime Bahia

The double wins edition for Yannick Bestaven and Olivier Desport

Final rankings of the Mini

mardi 6 novembre 2001Christophe Guigueno

With the arriving of Christian Saury took end this edition of the Transat The Transat #thetransat #ostar 650. They were 60 single-handed skippers to start from La Rochelle on September 22nd : 27 in the serie division and 33 in the prototype one.

image 300 x 158Bestaven’ start in La Rochelle. Photo : Ch.Guigueno

Several weeks after, and after 30 days racing for the winner, there was only nine minis missing, including Italian Skipper Roberto Varinelli disappeared away from the Portuguese coast during leg one. As during the first races of the 2001 season, most of the competitors have finished the race and that is the first success of this transatlantic for Open 6.50 meters long yachts. The other success goes to the two winners of the race. Yannick Bestaven in the prototype division and Olivier Desport in the Serie one who both did enter in and finished the 1999 Mini-transat Mini-Transat #MiniTransat .

Yannick Bestaven, 28 yo, from the south west of France, did finished 12th in 1999. In Guadeloupe, with his friend Arnaud Boissières he did understood the lesson done by the winner, Sébastien Magnen who won the race twice with his own designed mini, Karen Liquid. Back to France they asked him to design them a new mini with the other French yacht designer Bernard Nivelt. They built by themselves two full carbon machines and entered early this year in the qualifications races of the circuit.

On september 22nd, Yannick was second at the windward mark, just behind the Figaro-Bénéteau sailor, Ronan Guérin who was steering a sister-ship of Aquarelle.com. But in Lanzarote, in the Canaries islands, first stopover of the race, Yannick was alone ahead. Guérin did broke his mast and Irish skipper Brian Thompson was 22 hours behind. In the second leg, Thompson is fast to take the lead and Yannick controls the rest of the fleet across the doldrums and through the equator line, en route to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Two days before the end, Thompson has a 40 miles gain over Bestaven which goes down to 16 miles the night before the arriving. Then Thompson chooses to sail offshore to reach Salvador when Bestaven takes French leave by the shore to stole him the leg victory.

For the first time in the history of the Transat The Transat #thetransat #ostar 650 (born in 1977 under the idea of Bob Salmon) a skipper wins the race by taking both legs. Only one man did it before but get a penalty of 16 hours in leg one. It was in 1985 and his name was Yves Parlier...

Other division, other world but close race again. According to the Class Mini rules, the race organizers offered for the first time a number of entries in the serie division nearly 50% of places. Olivier Desport, 37 yo, winner this year, did enter in the Mini-Transat Mini-Transat #MiniTransat 1999 too and did won leg two in Guadeloupe. Even if he was a favorite for this year edition, Michel Mirabel took line honors in leg one as did in 1999 Christian Bouroulec (50 yo too and builder of the Pogos). But this year, the winner of leg one would not be the winner of the race. In Salvador de Bahia, Deport did the double gain by winning the second leg, again, and the race.


- Prototype division final rankings

- 1 ; BESTAVEN Yannick ; FRA 304 ; AQUARELLE.COM ; 30 j 00:23
- 2 ; CURWEN Simon ; GBR 240 ; QDS ; 30 j 16:47
- 3 ; BOISSIERES Arnaud ; FRA 303 ; AQUARELLE.COM ; 30 j 18:05
- 4 ; MANUARD Samuel ; FRA 258 ; TIP TOP / CHARMILLES SALES ; 30 j 21:21
- 5 ; LE BLEVEC Yves ; FRA 151 ; ACTUAL INTERIM ; 30 j 21:56
- 6 ; THOMPSON Brian ; GBR 247 ; LIGHTHOUSE LIFE FOUNDATION ; 30 j 23:09
- 7 ; RAISON David ; FRA 232 ; NAUTI-PARK / KLEY FRANCE ; 31 j 20:23
- 8 ; GREGOIRE Jeanne ; FRA 139 ; AQUARELLE .COM ; 32 j 04:34
- 9 ; LEIBOVICI Karen ; FRA 198 ; RADICAL BOATS ; 32 j 20:54
- 10 ; CORNIC Antoine ; FRA 135 ; OCEANIC ; 32 j 22:18
- 11 ; DAVIES Samantha ; GBR 276 ; ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT ; 32 j 22:27
- 12 ; BIGOT Gaël ; FRA 117 ; TEAM 117 ; 33 j 02:42
- 13 ; GUERIN Ronan ; FRA 348 ; L’ARTISANAT 1re ENTREPRISE DE FRANCE ; 33 j 12:57
- 14 ; LUCAS François ; FRA 231 ; MARINS SANS FRONTIERES ; 33 j 13:56
- 15 ; DEVILLARD Xavier ; FRA 227 ; RUSSE NOIR ; 33 j 14:29
- 16 ; DE PAS Damien ; CAN 305 ; CINÉ-GROUPE ; 34 j 00:02
- 17 ; DOUGUET Corentin ; FRA 347 ; POUR QUE L’OCEAN RESTE BLEU ; 34 j 01:57
- 18 ; RIONDEL Jean ; FRA 238 ; TOULON VAR PROVENCE ; 34 j 09:47
- 19 ; CASO Jean-Christophe ; FRA 132 ; EURO FORMALITES ; 36j 01:46
- 20 ; JANTET André ; FRA 265 ; ELA ; 36j 02:24
- 21 ; LEQUIN Benoît ; FRA 33 ; AIXLESBAINS.COM ; 36j 02:44
- 22 ; MUNSLOW Ian ; GBR 326 ; ISHTAR ; 36j 04:35
- 23 ; BAKKER Sander ; NED 194 ; MAN OF ALL SEASONS ; 37j 02:20
- 24 ; INGLIS Michael ; GBR 56 ; ATOMIC ; 37j 14:20
- 25 ; PEGGS Paul ; GBR 241 ; BLUE ONE ; 37j 15:37
- 26 ; BROWNING Gale ; USA 252 ; HARTOFT MARINE SURVEY LTD ; 39j 01:30
- 27 ; PARNAUDEAU Benoît ; FRA 260 ; REGION POITOU-CHARENTES ; 39j 13:21
- 28 ; SAURY Christian ; FRA 337 ; INTENTIA ; 41j 05:00

- DNF ; HANNEQUIN Pascal ; FRA 53 ; ALTARE ;
- DNF ; PEDRO DA CRUZ Antonio ; FRA 90 ; JAZZ MAGAZINE ;
- DNF ; GINOCCHIO Bruno ; FRA 109 ; SABLIERES PALVADEAU ;
- DNF ; SOURISSE Bernard ; FRA 249 ; CALLIPYGE ;

- Serie division final rankings

- 1 ; DESPORT Olivier ; FRA 237 ; MY WORKPLACE ; 32j 08:16
- 2 ; DUVAL Frédéric ; FRA 250 ; SOJASUN ; 32j 15:14
- 3 ; DELORD Alain ; FRA 211 ; TAT INDUSTRIES ; 32j 18:21
- 4 ; LE BRAS Loïc ; FRA 328 ; POUR ENFANTS 2000 ; 32j 18:33
- 5 ; MIRABEL Michel ; FRA 340 ; DISCOUNT MARINE ; 32j 21:30
- 6 ; FAVRE Hervé ; SUI 175 ; CHILDREN ACTION ; 33j 12:48
- 7 ; CHOCHON Thomas ; FRA 332 ; TRAVAUX PUBLICS DE FRANCE ; 33j 16:23
- 8 ; DANJON Frédéric ; FRA 269 ; SEMELLE DE VENT ; 33j 17:32
- 9 ; STEPHAN Bruno ; FRA 171 ; ETUDE MAILLARD /ORDIROPE ATLANTIQUE ; 34j 03:09
- 10 ; AYRAULT Stéphane ; FRA 273 ; GOUDURIX 2 ; 34j 05:10
- 11 ; HERRMANN Boris ; GER 320 ; GLOBAL CROSSING ; 35j 00:22
- 12 ; CANO Yannick ; FRA 212 ; CARAMOTE ; 35j 05:39
- 13 ; RHEAULT Jean ; CAN 259 ; OPEN MOBILE DATA ; 35j 08:56
- 14 ; LAUTROU Pierre-Yves ; FRA 311 ; L’EXPRESS-OKAPI ; 35j 11:07
- 15 ; REGNIER Lionel ; FRA 205 ; PIERRIC TAFFET CONSTRUCTEUR ; 35j 23:13
- 16 ; NEGREL Laurent ; FRA 315 ; REDUCTION DU TEMPS DE TRAVAIL ; 36j 00:03
- 17 ; DE FROIDMONT Eric ; BEL 218 ; POGOLOU ; 36j 14:23
- 18 ; DEBLED Antoine ; FRA 168 ; OBSERVATOIRE DES MAREES NOIRES ; 36j 21:08
- 19 ; VAN WEYNBERGH Denis ; BEL 207 ; LIBRAIRIE MARINE ; 38j 05:08
- 20 ; DALBOUSSIERE Laurence ; FRA 253 ; HOZRO ; 38j 07:38
- 21 ; COMBY Grégoire ; FRA 217 ; CALLE OCHO CAFE CUBANO ; 38j 08:08
- 22 ; MAURIAC Pierre ; FRA 230 ; EMILIE JOLIE ; 38j 16 :28
- 23 ; GAUDELET José ; FRA 140 ; BOUT D’HORIZON ; 40j 10 :19

- DNF ; TRIPON Armel ; FRA 180 ; ;
- DNF ; CALS Christian ; BEL 239 ; ;
- DNF ; VASSARD Eric ; FRA 271 ; ;
- DNF ; VIDAL Jean-Marie ; FRA 286 ; ;

- DNF : Do Not Finish


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