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Puru Transgascogne – Leg 1

Mini Class regattas are often limited in the number of participants, so sailors need to form a ranking wishlist of which regattas they want to sail. Puru Transgascogne was on the list Uroš made, but since other sailors had it higher on their wishlists, he didn’t get in and was on the waiting list. Due to some luck and other sailors cancelling their participation, he got a chance to sail it. 

Puru Transgascogne is two races in one since it is sailed on two legs:

Leg 1:  Port-Bourgenay / Getxo (Spain) – 306 miles
Leg 2: Getxo (Spain) / Le Port-Bourgenay (France) – 276 miles

The start is planned for the 22nd of July at 12:00 CET.

Created in Port-Bourgenay in 1988, the Mini Transgascogne 6.50 is a historic race of the Mini6.50 Class.
Now called PURU Transgascogne, this legendary race, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2023, is now organized by Versace Sailing Management. 

We will follow the race live. GPS tracking, live video from the start and regular news updates will be posted here. 



Uroš just finished the first leg of the PURU Transgascogne regatta in 10th place. After a great start, some speed was constantly missing, and he was slowly dropping down on the rankings. Stay tuned for what he thinks and how he feels.


Getxo (Spain) – Federico Waksman (1019) won, overall and in solo prototype (un-official result), on the first stage of the PURU Transgascogne between Port-Bourgenay and Getxo, Monday 24 July, in the early morning. The Uruguayan crossed the finish line at 06:41, covering 285 NM in 1d 18h 33’28” with an average of 6.70 knots.


Since the conditions are stable and it is lunch time here is a short clip of Uroš from one of the boat transfers (read cruising) wondering what are the longest 10 minutes in your life. He knows what his are. 


Twenty-four hours into the race, the intensity has dropped to the minimum. After rounding both remaining waypoints, the sailors have settled into a long stretch without manoeuvres and are trying to optimise all the onboard systems to squeeze as much speed as possible out of them.

Uroš has been slowly losing this game and was overtaken by several other Minis. It would be tempting to blame the age of Ashika II, but there are two older sailboats in front of him. So it will be interesting to hear from him after the race what was going on.

The fleet will remain sailing in these relatively stable conditions for another ten hours before hitting the low wind zone near the Spanish coast. That is where the overtaking opportunities are hiding. Fingers crossed!


The tracker now refreshes ever 2 hours, so no need to keep refreshing it in between. It is a different tracker and every organisers decides on how the race is shared with the public. 

The 72 Mini650 sailors competing at PURU Transgascogne reggata are fighting upwind in quite light conditions (10 kn windspeed). They have around 40 NM to their second waypoint and turning downwind towards Île d’Yeu. Uroš needs to keep to the north side of the rhumb line (the shortest line towards the waypoint), since there seems to be more wind. 



The tracker is ONLINE! 

It shows Uroš still right at the front of the fleet. He is a very versatile sailor and feels at home in both light winds like sailors are experiencing right now, as well as in more demanding conditions that they will meet tomorrow at the northern part of the route. 

The ranking on the tracker is wrong due to the missing GPS data at the beginning of the race. 


Rounding the first mark came with the cost. Uroš lost two places. Currently 5th in general.


Confirmed third and gaining on the second!


Another great start by Uroš on PURU Transgascogne 2023! Seems like he is right at the top of the fleet. We cant say for sure since the GPS tracker seems to have difficulties.


Uroš woke up, had his eggs and brioche, then gave his phone away as these races don’t allow any communication with the outside world and, around 9 o’clock, left the pontoon to head to the starting area. The PURU Transgascogne 2023 starts at noon!
Follow the race on our website via tracker and news updates.


The sea and wind conditions announced for Sunday morning around Belle-Ile have prompted the organizers of the PURU Transgascogne 2023 to change the route to avoid rounding Belle-Ile with a formed sea.
Instead of the Belle-Ile waypoint, the sailors will go around the Isle of Yeu, which reduces the length of the route a little!
Uroš got his brioche to go with his eggs for breakfast, and more importantly, he got the brand new Code 55 sail that will be very useful in reaching and light wind conditions expected in this race.


Uroš did his safety check yesterday, where the race organisers check your boat for all the required safety equipment and systems. Because PURU Transgascogne is a proper offshore race, it requires more serious safety equipment. One of those is EPIRB or emergency position-indicating radio beacon. It is a type of emergency locator beacon for commercial and recreational boats. It is a portable, battery-powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate boaters in distress and need immediate rescue.

In an emergency, such as a ship sinking or a medical emergency onboard, the transmitter is activated by water when the beacon is out of the bracket or manually by the ON switch on the EPIRB. It begins transmitting a continuous 406 MHz distress radio signal used by search-and-rescue teams to locate the emergency and render aid quickly. The signal is detected by satellites operated by an international consortium of rescue services, COSPAS-SARSAT, which can detect emergency beacons anywhere on Earth. The satellites calculate the position or utilise the beacon’s GPS coordinates and quickly pass the information to the appropriate local first responder organisation, which performs the search and rescue.

The primary purpose of this system is to help rescuers find survivors within the so-called “golden day” (the first 24 hours following a traumatic event), during which most survivors can usually be saved. The feature distinguishing a modern EPIRB, often called GPIRB, from other emergency beacons is that it contains a GPS receiver and broadcasts its position, usually accurate within 100 m (330 ft), to facilitate location. Previous emergency beacons without a GPS can only be localised to within 2 km (1.2 mi) by the COSPAS satellites and relied heavily upon the 121.5 MHz homing signal to pinpoint the location of the beacon as they arrived on the scene.

An expensive piece of equipment you wish never to use!


This time you don’t have just to follow Uroš online. You can sail with and against him in the Virtual Regatta game 🎮 of the PURU Transgascogne race.  

Join the race here: 


Uroš arrived at Port-Bourgenay with Ashika II and his “campervan” about a week ago. Ashika II is now ready and safely moored in the marina. Today it will be inspected to see if all the safety equipment is onboard and suitable. 

Tomorrow Uroš and his weather router, Jure, will have a consultation meeting and devise a tactical plan on how to sail the fastest.