This is an offshore racing in 6.50 meter long monohull sailboats!
Founded in 1977 by Englishman Bob Salmon, the Mini-Transat will celebrate its 40th anniversary starting from La Rochelle, France, on October 1st.
THE RACE – This 4050 nautical miles solo crossing, on the smallest offshore racing boats, only 6.50 m long, is sailed in two legs. The first one, from La Rochelle to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is 1350 miles long and will last for 7 to 10 days. This leg will be, for rooky sailors, their first big offshore race. After an often complicated exit of the Bay of Biscay, sailors will expect some long slips down the Portuguese coast before arriving in the Canary archipelago. The 2700 miles long second leg will start from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in early November. It will take from 15 to 20 sailing days to reach Le Marin in Martinique, French West Indies. Due to the important relief of the numerous islands, restart from the Canary can be tricky before reaching the famous trade winds. This easterly wind should lead the fleet to Le Marin on a long downwind run.
The objective of this race is to encourage the study and development of these boats and to increase safety while promoting performance in offshore conditions. The rules are designed to encourage seamanship, a sense of responsibility for all crew and to promote sportsmanship and solidarity between competitors.
OCEANUS support Ambrogio Beccaria on board “Alla Grande Ambeco” at the “MiniTransat La Boulangère 2017”
• In May 2014 he bought in Portugal the Mini Kalonig a Pogo2, from Ian Lipinski who had fired in the Atlantic in 2013. After five months of hard work the boat has a new an italian name “Alla Grande Ambeco” and a new story to write!
• In March 2015, Ambrogio wins the race Fezzano-Talamone – from La Spezia’s Gulf to Tuscany.
• In 2015 and 2016, Ambrogio keep winning the Italian Mini 6.50 Championship twice consecutively.
• In 2016, was second at Les Sables D’Olonne-Azores-Les Sables D’Olonne (SAS) and was the first at the second leg.
This is the longest and hardest race of the Mini 650 circuit.
In 2017, Ambrogio took part in various races in the French Mini Championship for 5.60, bringing at home excellent results. After those two years of success, Ambrogio Beccaria has been awarded the attention of experts by passing from young promise to be a new reality of the world sailing contest.