·Second place in the ‘old generation’ category, 27 in the series boats category and 34 in the absolute general category
Carlos Manera’s first test with the mini Varador 2000 in the Atlantic has ended up in a great result. Manera has been classified in second position in the ‘old generation’ category, in which only were participating twenty-five boats of the eighty (63 series and 17 prototypes) that started in the bay of Le Baule. In the category of series sailboats, the Varador 2000 has been classified in position 27, and in the absolute general in position 34.
Manera has stated that this result “is much better than I expected“, as it was the first solo contact with the Atlantic before the Mini Transat 2021, and also “we have had to compete with sailboats of much more modern design and theoretically much faster“. The sensations after this first contact with the ocean “are very good, the boat has responded very well, although some sails have been broken due to wear, and all the work done is paying off”.
The course of the regatta was “quite complicated, marked by many steps between rocks and with a lot of current to take into account at a strategic level“. Starting in the bay of Le Baule, the regatta followed a winding route bordering the islands of Groix, Belle Ille en Mero, Yeu and Birvideux until it reached Pornichet. The regatta has been developed with light winds, with maximums of up to 20 knots in some sections. Manera comments that during the regatta “we have had all possible courses, many of them upwind, where the autopilots don’t steer the boats that well. That has allowed me to take advantage of the currents in the bay of Quieberon, which has made me gain many positions. I am very proud of the work done”.