At 18:43:31 hours local time yesterday Spain's Alex PELLA on Open Sea/Team Work cut across the finishing line at Salvador, Brazil to win the second stage of the Mini Transat. However it was leg one winner Corentin DOUGUET (FRA) on E LeClerc-Bouygues Telecom who took overall victory, smashing the race record in the process, after finishing leg two behind PELLA in second place.
PELLA, who finished third in the previous Transat race two years ago, took victory in the 2,920 mile second stage, which began in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on 8 October, completing the leg in 18 days, 5 hours, 12 minutes and 31 seconds. However his winning margin over DOUGUET of just under 40 minutes paled in comparison to the 9 hours and 38 minutes by which the Frenchman bettered PELLA in leg one.
By finishing the second stage in under 18 days and 6 hours, added to his first stage time of 6 days and 15 hours, DOUGUET lowers the Transat record time by over four days to 24 days and 21 hours. It was a terrific display by the Frenchman, for whom 2005 is proving to be a fantastic year, with victories already secured in the Mini Bulwark, Mini Fastnet and Transgascogne, before he took the honours in Brazil yesterday evening.