The Club Nàutic Port de la Selva has hosted the presentation in the Girona area of the Carlos Manera-Varador 2000 regatta team that will participate in the next edition of the Mini Transat 2021 transoceanic regatta. The regatta, which is held alone with mini 6.5 class sailboats, will leave Les Sables d’Olonne (French Brittany) on September 26, from where it will travel more than 4,000 miles to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, with stopover in Santa Cruz de la Palma (Canary Islands).
Carlos Manera stated during the presentation that he is prepared “physically and mentally” to face this great sports challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean alone. The Port de la Selva yachtsman stated that the Mini Transat “is a challenge that I face confidently, as I have prepared myself a lot mentally and psychologically, and I think that I will come out of this competition having learned a lot”. Over the last five months, Manera has been thoroughly preparing for several regattas on the French Atlantic coast to gain experience and get to know the ocean better, which is very different from the Mediterranean Sea. During this time he has competed in the Pornichet Sélect, the Mini en Mai, the Marie-Agnès Péron, the Mini Fastnet and the Puru Race. The yachtsman indicated that during these months of preparation he has “learned a lot about strategy, tactics, meteorology or feeding on board during a long sailing alone”. Manera also explained to the large audience attending the event what life is like on board during a solo sailing regatta and how he will try to solve any technical problems that may arise during the sailing.
The project “is a commitment to youth and the training of the yachtsmans of the future”, said during the presentation Josep Bernabeu, head of communications for Varador 2000, the main sponsor of this sports project. A regatta like the Mini Transat “is not only an adventure, it is a unique experience where the best are hardened. You have to be very strong mentally to embark on a sailboat 6.5 meters long and cross the Atlantic alone”, he indicated. According to Bernabeu, Varador 2000 has opted for Carlos Manera because it has “a very solvent project and offers many guarantees for the future”. He also added that Varador 2000 raises its participation in the Mini Transat regatta as “a long-distance sports project, where the starting point is the 2021 edition and the point of arrival or consolidation the 2023 edition, just when the company will turn forty years in the service of the nautical sector. The challenge is immense, but the confidence placed in Carlos Manera makes us look to the future with optimism”.