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Trip report

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Cathryn, 13 Sep 2007.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    I trust when you were in La Rochelle you stopped by the harbour to pay your respect to the 'nutters' who are gathering for the start of the MiniTransat sailing race.

    Started by an Englishman years ago, it's a race for tiny 21ft boats held every two years across the Atlantic, although now run by, and dominated, by the French. The boats are completely wild, but it's the cheapest way of making your mark in the upper echelons of the singlehanded sailing world. Ellen MacArthur did well in it and started her career in this race.

    However the downside is it's incredibly dangerous. One year bad weather trapped them in the Bay of Biscay and almost ten per cent of them died; about the same death rate as extreme Himalayan climbing. Despite this, and an incredibly difficult qualification process, it is over subscribed by more than double.

    I have a friend who has just had one of those traumatic 'parent and teenager' moments. In this case not the usual, 'I'm on drugs' or 'I think I'm up the duff', but "Dad, I want to do the MiniTransat!'
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    wow...that looks like real fun!..great write up...I enjoyed the ride...erm..I mean read:biggrin:
  4. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    We did see the little boats... I heard what they were up to, that's sheer madness!!!!!

    Glad you enjoyed the read :smile: We had a lovely time!!!
  5. friedel

    friedel New Member

    On our bikes!
    Enjoyed reading your journal and seeing your pics. Nice to put a face to the name :smile: It looks like we have another corner of France to explore someday.
  6. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Thanks. It IS nice to see what people look like isn't it...I don't mean my own mug of course, but just generally!!
  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Good to read your tour report Cathryn, none of this sweaty nonsense on mountain sides, just enjoying your surroundings.:ohmy:
    I wish my French teachers had been as inspirational as yours obviously were.:smile:
  8. Tony

    Tony New Member

    "Transporter bridge".....

    Though "transborder" makes an odd sort of sense, both in French and English.
  9. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    Update on the sailing race:

    " La jeune navigatrice Isabelle Joschke a passé la ligne d’arrivée de la première étape de la Transat 6,50 aprés 5J 15H 33M 30S."

    So the first leg down to Funchal, Madeira (often the toughest), was won by a women. Go Girl!
  10. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Good girl!!! Nice work.
  11. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    I spent a year working in the tourist office in La Rochelle, those pics bring back some really nice memories!!! :biggrin: