Today at 2pm UTC, yachts of the Panerai Transat Classique 2019 that will bring them from Lanzarote to St. Kitts, have launched into the Atlantic Ocean. Let us take another look at an intense and fighting start.
Although they went for 2800 miles of race, the competitors of the Panerai Transat Classique 2019 were neck and neck on the start-line. When the starting gun was fired at 2pm UTC, Coch y Bondhu was in the first position in the middle of the line carried by an Easterly light wind (8 knots), followed closely by Stiren, whereas Glen Maël, Hilaria et Bryell II were fighting next to the committee boat. Aramis was moving leeward and the gigantesque schooner Xarifa smoothly handled her launch and position and joined the battle. Only Eilean played safe and crossed the start-line with a slight distance from its competitors.
Unfortunately, one competitor was missing. Lys had to delay her start because of a mechanical issue but she should step out towards her competitors by the end of the day.
Stiren overtook Coch y Bondhu before the windward mark and set up the spinnaker while turning the buoy, in direction of St. Kitts. Hilaria also pushed out the Italian boat, followed by Bryell II and Glen Maël who turned the mark before Coch y Bondhu. The spinnakers set-up ballet allowed the crews to prove their motivation and efficiency. Sparsely the colourful balloons were heading towards the West. Nevertheless, it was early to figure out about the strategy choices of the competitors.
A BUSY MORNING
After an early wake-up, the crews shared a breakfast offered by Panerai. This pleasant moment marked a last serenity and quiet parenthesis before going back to the excitement of the final preparations. When some of them were making phone calls to their families and friends, some others were carrying gas bottles and climbing masts for a quick check. Finally, it was time to unberth after wishing fair winds to other competitors and kissing good-bye to their families and friends. Emotion was high. The Panerai Transat Classique 2019 had started.