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Irish Solo Sailor Jim Schofield Will Start Late as Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat Race for Amateur Built Minis Gets Underway

2nd November 2021
The first-ever single-handed Globe 5.80 Transat Race set off from Portugal

A group of six Class Globe 5.80 home-built plywood Minis are making history with the first-ever single-handed Globe 5.80 Transat Race setting off at noon yesterday from Lagos Portugal. They are bound for Rubicon Marina in Lanzarote in the Canaries before heading to Antigua in the Caribbean 3,600 miles away.

Only four of the six entrants made the start on time. Race Founder Don McIntyre's TREKKA is now due to start on Wednesday 3rd two days late. His final preparation was interrupted by running the event.

Irishman Jim Schofield arrived at 4 am on start day after a 16-hour drive off the UK Ferry with 'Molly Claire" in tow. He has only just finished building the boat! He must now launch and rig the yacht, set up safety gear and fresh food. He may not set off till Saturday five days late. The six yachts will regroup in Lanzarote before setting off on the main race across the Atlantic on Nov. 18th.

Jim Schofield's Class Globe 5.80 Molly Claire from IrelandJim Schofield's Class Globe 5.80 Molly Claire from Ireland

It had been a hectic week for all entrants with last-minute preparations, including One design Class registration, Mast pull-down stability checks, safety inspections and briefings, plus a few hardy parties!

As a steady NW breeze powered 10 to 14 knots, the grey clouds disappeared sending skippers and spectator boats into the starting sequence of this 600 nm qualifier under a gorgeous sun and the dramatic backdrop of the Ponta de Piedade cliffs off Lagos.

It's the second Irish mini to set out across the Atlantic this November with Galway sailmaker Yannick Lemonnier lying 12th in the Mini Transat race.

Published in Solo Sailing Team

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