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David Raison : "This was my 4th transat, the 1st I arrive as winner!"

Monday 31 October 2011Christophe Guigueno

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French skipper, designer and builder, David Raison (747 - TeamWork Evolution) has taken line honors on Sunday at 6:43 pm UTC of leg 2 of the 2011 Charente-Maritime/ Bahia Transat 6,50. Winner of the second leg, second of leg 1 (behind Sébastien Rogues), David is the new winner of the "Mini-Transat Mini-Transat #MiniTransat ".

His first words arriving in Brazil on Sunday :

"Thanks a lot for this welcome. This was my 4rth transatlantic. The first one I arrive by daylight. The first I arrive as winner.

It was a hard race, as for everybody.

When I was 100 nm ahead, I had a doubt on my win because I was becalmed. I really thought they would be able to come back and overtake me. Sometimes, I had both feet on the brakes because the boat was hamming to much. But even in those conditions, I was able to gain milles over the others. May be we weren’t in the same conditions.

I understand I may have made a big change in the world of yacht design Yacht Design #YachtDesign . But now, we don’t even know if there will be 60’ monohulls like this one. We have to look at it...

For this race, I remember all did told me an old mini sailor when I took the start of my 1rst Mini-Transat Mini-Transat #MiniTransat : rigor and discipline!

This time, I did make the job !

It is so good to see everybody here.

From all the transatlantics I have race, this one was the harder."

David covered the 3700 nm of leg 2 in 17 days, 6 hours and 13 minutes at the average speed Speed #speedsailing of 7,53 knots. The organisation Organisation #organisation also registered an average speed Speed #speedsailing of 17,5 knots in one hour for the balloon bow mini 650 Mini 650 #mini650 ! David Raison also broke Yves Le Blevec record Record #sailingrecord time for the race. He also finished leg 2 with a 150 milles lead over the second skipper, Thomas Normand.

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