There are currently 83 Minis confirmed to be at the start line so it will be a very stressfull and exciting start!Alex Laline talking about the Mini en Mai
Well it’s been an interesting last couple of weeks!
After the start of the first race of the season which unfortunately we couldn’t be present (check it out here) we had a very good idea of what was missing onboard, so I got all hands on the job!
I’ve been very busy getting Skeiron up to day with all the requirements and repairs she needed before the first race in September…
Unfortunately I got caught up with the holiday season here in France which meant the yard that built Skeiron and usually helps us, Prepa Nautic, was shut. This hasn’t slowed us down but it has meant that the big jobs have been placed for the last.
I haven’t been able to go out training due to the missing part of the rudders that we are awaiting, so it has been a bit frustrating. But this is sailing! And adversities are part of our day to day.
The good news is that Skeiron is now fully equipped and has all the necessary safety equipment to do a B race.
What is a category B race? Easy! Basically, Classe Mini divides the different events of the calendar into 4 different categories:
Category D: Day event
Category C: Event with no Leg of more than 300nm
Category B: Event with one or more Legs of more than 300nm
Category A: Event with one or more Legs of more than 1000nm
The higher the category the more requisites you and your boat will need.
The race we are getting ready for right now is the Mini en Mai, Category B, 500nm single-handed with the departure date set for the 8th of September. There are currently 83 Minis confirmed to be at the start line so it will be a very stressfull and exciting start!
So I can say it’s been a month of learning a lot. Stripping down Skeiron and re-doing many jobs has helped us really understanding where everything is and how everything is set up.
We have one more week to get the last big jobs done before we deliver the boat to Trinitee so we’re gonna be busy busy starting from tomorrow, so wish us luck!
If you liked this post check out how I got involved with the mini project following this link