DOUGUET Takes Leg One Line Honours
Transat 6.50 2005
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
Corentin DOUGUET (FRA) on E LeClerc/Bouygues Telecom crossed the finish line at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote at 07:02:15 hours UTC on Saturday 24 September to win the first leg of the 15th Mini Transat. DOUGUET took victory by just over an hour from Sébastien GLADU (FRA) after racing for 1,300 miles from Charente-Maritime, Bahia, France.
DOUGUET averaged 8.14 knots as he completed the leg in 6 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes. GLADU on Armor Lux
crossed in second at 08:17:35 after a close battle at the finish, with Yves LE BLEVEC on Point Mariage
in third with a finish time of 10:02:25.
DOUGUET held on to a lead he established early on, before GLADU caught and briefly passed him, but DOUGUET kept his cool to fight back and claim an impressive victory. The skippers now have almost two weeks to recuperate before the second leg starting on 8 October takes them on another 2,900 miles to Salvador, Brazil.