Mini Transat 2021 – Melwin Fink 3rd overall

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Glückwunsch an Hugo Dhallenne, der eine grossartige Leistung ablieferte. Anfangs segelte er zu weit im Norden, bevor er  das Rennen mit einem ausgeprägten Südbogen zwecks Nutzung des Nord-Ost-Passats zu seinen Gunsten gestaltete. Auch sein Scowbug-Maxi 6.50 war sicher nicht die schlechteste Wahl.

 

 

Melwin Fink (920) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 22th place in the Production boat fleet this Monday 15 of November at 09h 44min 30s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of SignforCom took 16 days 19 hours 44 minutes and 30 seconds to complete the 2,700 miles of the course between Santa Cruz de La Palma and Saint-François. His combined race time for the two legs equates to 26 days 20 hours 20 minutes 07 seconds.

“It’s a very special feeling to arrive here and complete this Mini Transat. It was a long leg, a long voyage. I made a lot of mistakes. The weather was pretty complicated and I didn’t sail the perfect race on a strategic level. I headed west when I should have favoured the south. That was a low punch. It wasn’t easy to see yourself tumbling down the rankings at the position report during the second week of racing, having regularly been in the Top 5 in the first week. I tried to reposition my trajectory, but it was impossible to get back to the top of the score board. No matter though, I’ve just this minute learnt that I’ve finished 3rd overall. That’s really fantastic news and I’m very happy. It was mentally tough as I didn’t think I’d manage to salvage a podium place. I imagined I would finish 7th, 8th or 9th when I crossed the finish line. I’ve learnt a lot during this transatlantic passage and also over the past two years of this campaign. I think I’m better armed for what comes next now.”

Mit einem versöhnlichen Ergebnis beendete Melwin das Mini Transat 2021.  Wenn wir Melwins Platzierung vor der Sturmunterbrechung – 17. – und Platz 22 in der 2. Etappe zusammenzählen, dann kann er mit dem Ergebnis tatsächlich sehr zufrieden sein.

Insgesamt fehlte den deutschen Seglern in Etappe 2 etwas Mumm, um mit einem südlicheren Kurs erfolgreicher zu sein.

Ausführlicher Bericht von Tatjana Pokorny

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