Thompson Pipped At The Post
Salvador de Bahia
The 2960 mile second leg of the Mini Transat from Lanzarote to Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) which had been dominated for two weeks by Brian Thompson (IRE) was finally won at 04:32GMT by Yannick Bestaven (Aquarelle.com).
Bestaven finished six minutes ahead of Thompson sailing Lighthouse Life Foundation after 18 days at sea. Yannick's first leg win from La Rochelle to Lanzarote also ensured he was the overall winner of the 2001 Mini Transat. Ronan Guérin (L'Artisanat) is expected in third place.