In 2015 from 15th February to 28th February I prepaired Felicity for sailing… Big project: New Mast / New Riggs / New Top light / New Raymarine wind sensor / New ropes and new cables / Sails repairing etc.

From 1st March to 3rd April I was sailing and training in Lorient area. Sailing a lot and I had realy enjoy sailing :-). It was my goodbye…

Pictures about my spring time in Lorient and my video channel.

2015. Nov. 18th I sold Felicity (585). The new owner is Jon Garai, Good luck and fair wind!

Peace and Wind!

Méder Áron (www.meder.hu) / Ocean Sailing SE (www.oceansailing.meder.hu)

OSSEz

 

From 2nd March to 5th March: Boat Preparation (Mini 650 proto, 509) in Moltalcone (IT)

From 6th March to 15th March: 10days, 1022nm non stop Mini 650 sailing / double handed / Mini 650: Banzai proto, 509
Our Route: Monfalcone – Talamone (Adriatic Sea –  Ion Sea – Tyrrhenian Sea)

Skippers: Tamás Kovács (Hungary), Aron Meder (Hungary)

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More photos in my gallery.

585 à vendre URGENT

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Tiptop, 2005 en excellent état et equipements complet!
Bien entretenu et optimisé. 2 jeux de voiles en bon état, 3 panneau solaire etc.
Avec des nouveaux équipements : safrans, bout-dehors (D=70mm), batteries, Vesper Marine Ais et VHF radio (ICOM).
Inventaire complet pour Transat (pharmacie, divers petits équipements etc.).
Disponible de suite
Visible à Lorient chez AOS apres.
Prix : 30 000 Euros sans mât
(prix de nouveau mât: € 1700)
Contact: mederaron@gmail.com

Tiptop 2005 in excellent condition and full equipment!
Well maintained and optimized. 2 sets of sails in good condition,  3 solar panel etc.
With new equipment: rudders, bowsprit (D = 70mm), batteries, Vesper Marine Ais and VHF radio (ICOM)…
Complete inventory Transat (pharmacy, various small appliances etc..).
Available immediately
Visible in Lorient at AOS Base.
Price: 30 000 Euros without mast, new mast price: € 1700.
Contact: mederaron@gmail.com

After 3weeks in Marocco, finalement I found the solution for Felicity transport. In Marocco everything is slow, but I really like Marocco! The small city, Asafi has a fishing port and Felicity and me stayed there 3weeks.  Two hungarian friend (good skipper, good driver) arrived with car+trailer on 13th Dec. afternoon (Friday… not a lucky day…) and without lift (crane) we put Felicity and the keel to the trailer.  Lots of people helped us! Thank you Saad (Safi Yacht Club), the fishermen and Custom, Port Police, SAR and some other offices in the Port!

További képek Marokkóról és Felicity szállításáról: https://plus.google.com/photos/115198297995058032777/albums/5959043205509254817?banner=pwa

http://indafoto.hu/gaca

Congratulation for every skipper! In my opinion the best skipper is Giancarlo Pedote! I think it was not correct at all to cancel the first etap (Douarnenez – Sada), where Giancarlo was the first and Benoit was not even in the top 5… So, Bravo Giancarlo! You are the real winner, this is not question. The ranking from the class website (www.classemini.com):

Prototype

Num Bateaux Equipage Class. Temps
667 BENOITMARIE.COM Benoit MARIE 1 18j13h01’05
747 PRYSMIAN Giancarlo PEDOTE 2 18j15h56’30
741 BOREAL Rémi FERMIN 3 19j13h38’46
754 TEAMWORK Bertrand DELESNE 4 19j19h37’47
240 SAMPAQUITA Bruno GARCIA 5 19j20h22’31
802 MExT – ICA Julien PULVE 6 21j17h26’56
719 NATURE ADDICTS Nicolas BOIDEVEZI 7 24j02h25’14
679 CYCLO-SURF GLOBE SKIPPER Louis SEGRE 8 24j08h47’47
791 AGRO650.ORG Annabelle BOUDINOT 9 24j19h47’03
342 FONTANOT Michele ZAMBELLI 10 24j20h10’05
284 NAVMAN Alan ROURA 11 25j03h16’44
348 BONGO Maxime SALLE 12 25j17h01’00
491 MARCEL FOR EVER Robin MARAIS 13 28j12h40’10
229 TY STARTIGENN Axel TREHIN 14 28j12h49’29
427 TECHNIP – PLANETE URGENCE Thomas GUILBAUD 15 28j13h15’28
291 DEPHEMERIDES – AM2I Eric JEZEGOU 16 30j07h25’58
5 PARIS-TEXAS Ludovic MECHIN 17 Hors-temps
7 SOUTENEZ LE BEL ESPOIR Hugues CHOLLET 18 Hors-temps
151 DEPHEMERID’EUX Vincent BUSNEL 27 DNF
159 SCIDIAM François GUIFFANT 27 DNF
196 REALITY Nolwenn DE CARLAN 27 DNF
198 KICKERS Sébastien PICAULT 27 DNF
431 REYNO DE NAVARRA Carlos LIZANCOS 27 DNF
562 EVOLUTION MARINE Gilles AVRIL 27 DNF
629 SOLIDAIRES Louis MAUFFRET 27 DNF
800 WATEVER / LOGWAYS Gwénolé GAHINET 27 DNF
850 GROUPE SEFICO Stanislas MASLARD 27 DNF
625 MERLIN-SOFT-SAILING Henrik MASEKOWITZ DNS DNS
709 DELCROIX – MECENAT CHIRUR… Arthur LEOPOLD-LEGER DNS DNS
759 WWW.JEFFREYMACFARLANE.COM Jeffrey MAC FARLANE DNS DNS
787 ROPEYE Jaanus TAMME DNS DNS

Production boat

Num Bateaux Equipage Class. Temps
810 TOUT LE MONDE CHANTE CONT… Aymeric BELLOIR 1 21j09h12’27
824 TEAM WORK Justine METTRAUX 2 22j22h55’34
819 GO4IT Simon KOSTER 3 23j11h15’59
535 WWW.RUNO.FR Renaud MARY 4 24j17h52’07
507 ONLINESIM.IT Alberto BONA 5 25j02h46’10
599 TERREAL – REVE D’ENFANCE Tanguy LE TURQUAIS 6 25j02h56’46
607 OEUVRE DU MARIN BRETON Jean-Baptiste LEMAIRE 7 25j03h16’26
455 BEL Jérôme D’ABOVILLE 8 25j04h38’17
745 GERINTER – AUDRAIN Damien AUDRAIN 9 25j06h21’18
587 NAKED RETREATS Craig HORSFIELD 10 25j10h00’33
529 LMS Arnaud CHAIGNE 11 25j11h55’12
832 ABERS & CO Eric COCHET 12 25j12h21’19
472 TECHNEAU/PLASTEAU Arnaud DAVAL 13 25j15h08’54
488 WWW.DIFFUSELEC.COM Arnaud GENTIEN 14 26j02h57’13
602 POSTILLON HOTELS Robert ROSEN JACOBSON 15 26j04h56’28
743 THE POTTING SHED Pip HARE 16 26j05h32’05
755 WE-VAN.COM Pierre-François DARGNIES 17 26j06h33’44
591 MC TECHNOLOGIES Florian BLANCHARD 18 26j06h37’42
737 REGION NORD PAS DE CALAIS Julien MARCELET 19 26j07h11’05
633 FOKSAGLISS Florian MAUSY 20 26j09h35’32
686 SCHULTER SYSTEMS Yoann TRICAULT 21 26j18h58’18
590 NETWERK 2 Jonas GERCKENS 22 26j19h13’55
566 GUADELOUPE ESPACE OCEAN François LAMY 23 26j23h17’57
603 JLCHENARD.COM Jean-Loup CHENARD 24 27j22h27’21
435 FOKSAMOUILLE Charles BOULENGER 25 28j01h12’53
512 CARREFOUR BRETAGNE Thomas GUICHARD 26 28j05h51’25
635 SOREAL ILOU Raphaël MARCHANT 27 28j15h12’18
468 I FEEL GOOD Jérome LECUNA 28 28j17h49’50
586 MORDILOU Erwan PELLEN 29 28j19h07’55
473 RESPECTOCEAN.COM Raphaëla LE GOUVELLO 30 29j03h23’35
571 CEPAT Marc DUBOS 31 29j10h37’32
556 YOUR SAIL Federico CUCIUC 32 29j16h05’36
519 PETER PUNK Pilar PASANAU 33 32j00h07’00
483 ECHO MER 1% POUR LA PLANE… Yann LE PAUTREMAT 46 DNF
511 BINGO David GENEST 46 DNF
514 NO WAR Clément BOUYSSOU 46 DNF
539 PAS DE FUTUR SANS NUMERIQ… Ian LIPINSKI 46 DNF
568 RAW NEWS – JOLIE ROUGE Federico FORNARO 46 DNF
585 FELICITY – MEDER.HU Aron MEDER 46 DNF
655 ONE GIRL’S OCEAN CHALLENG… Diane REID 46 DNF
682 UMPALUMPA Andrea IACOPINI 46 DNF
692 DIAOULIC 692 Yannick LE CLECH 46 DNF
774 ACEBI Jean-Marie OGER 46 DNF
816 RG 650 – HEWSONRACING Richard HEWSON 46 DNF
821 NETWERK Bert BOSSYNS 46 DNF
835 DAME ARGO Joel MIRO GARCIA 46 DNF
548 QERAMIX Elise BAKHOUM DNS DNS
600 MAST STEP Davide LUSSO DNS DNS
648 VILLE DE MARSEILLAN Sofie DE CLERCQ DNS DNS
739 IPAR HEGO Arnaud ETCHANDY DNS DNS
744 EL NONO Bruno SIMONNET DNS DNS
785 CHANTIER NAVAL BORGNE Katrina HAM DNS DNS
833 LOMIG Damien CLOAREC DNS DNS

Some videos about my jury rig sailing in the MiniTransat 2013:

Sailing with jury rig in the MiniTransat 2013 ( I dismasted on 16th Nov / 200nm from Marocco cost.)

Jury Rig Sailing / Strong wind&rain / Heave-to in MiniTransat 2013 (with only 2,5 meter mast!)

The life in the dismasted Felicity (21st Nov.)/ the light wind sailing is not easy at all.

5days after dismasted / Dolphins followed me / Jury rig sailing

MiniTransat 2013 experience: After dismasted I sailed with storm jib+small main sail. I only had 2,5meter mast…

MiniTransat 2013 Jury rig sailing in strong wind/Speed:4,5knots! but the mast only 2,5m!

7days after I dismasted, 10nm from Marocco coast / Speed: 1-1,5knots…

My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/aronmeder

On 16/11 early afternoon suddenly came a stronger wind (22 ->26 kn), and my mast was broken in that moment just under the lover spreader. I was sailing with main reef 1, without spinnaker. On the remaining 2.5 m high mast I could put only the storm jib, and partly the main sail. With this jury rig I  sailed more 200 nm to Safi, Morocco in a week (two days no wind and two stormy days). Mostly I had to steer, because the pilot hardly could managed the boat at this low speed. When I was sleeping or doing something else, I put the boat in heave to. To the Safi Port I was towed by a SAR boat on 23/11 2300UTC. Many thanks for them. It was a really hard week and a big experience.

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The distance from Gijon to Sada is about 150 nautic miles,  but this is a very difficult sailing area specially when we had 40knots wind to the face…

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Finally I arrived after 40hours non-stop sailing. Maximum wind 36konts wind, bad visibility and lots of rain. I was tired, but happy 🙂 I sailed around the World with Carina (19ft daily boat) and I have experience with bad weather and bad situation… but this was really difficult for me and for my boat.

I started to prepare myself and Felicity – meder.hu (585) for the MiniTransat, 30days non-stop sailing in the Transatlantic race! I am really happy to be here! I have the lowest budget… I am sleeping in my boat and cooking for myself everyday etc. old sails, old Raymarine autopilot, Honda generator and a heavy boat (Tiptop), but I am happy! I do my best and I really like my boat we have a very good and deep relation. She likes me… 🙂 So I would like to arrive to Guadeloupe, that’s all 🙂

About the routing I have more options:

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Not easy to decide about the routing… what is the best? I will ask the OCEAN and I hope I will get an reply 🙂

Peace and Wind! Felicity&Aron

It’s gone! After reviewing all options open to them, the organizers of the Mini Transat, in consultation with the riders have finally decided that the 2013 edition is ran in a single step, from Sada to Pointe a Pitre. Scheduled departure on November 12.

It was decided, break this feeling of uncertainty that began to weigh in their minds. And the organizers of the Mini Transat have, once again in an unconventional way, choosing an original solution: join directly Pointe a Pitre removing the stop of Lanzarote.

The door to Puerto Calero

The choice meets several constraints to rally Sada from Gijón, it takes more than 160 miles, or 24 to 36 hours, in conditions that are not necessarily very easy: the prevailing westerly winds, high waves residue, coastal navigation requiring vigilance. The riders then, in the first briefings in Gijon, called for a stop of at least 48 hours is observed after the arrival of the last competitor in the Galician port. By adding this new delay a turnaround time in Lanzarote, the Mini Transat highly disorganized and the Canary arrival in Guadeloupe call.

The choice of the direct route can catch some of the delay taken because of bad weather. However, the fleet will a door near Lanzarote that will establish an intermediate classification before crossing the Atlantic. In addition, competitors who wish may make an express stop at Puerto Calero to possibly fix before crossing. Finally, if this step is the longest distance in the history of the Mini Transat (about 3.6 million against 3.1 million of Madeira in Salvador de Bahia), it could be shorter in time, because it avoids crossing the Pot black. The arrival of the first could be celebrated around the 1 st December.

Logistical issues

Originally, the race director wanted to be able to start from November 11. But there are a number of logistical issues to resolve. Firstly, many competitors had send business in anticipation of the second stage in Lanzarote, it is necessary to repatriate to Sada. Computers, including refueling and freeze-dried food, clothing suitable for sea navigation in the tropics, all these materials should return quickly in the Galician port. Logistics is being put in place, but to ensure that they can recover their runners material departure is shifted to November 12. As of this afternoon, the first solitary begin ferrying to Sada. Some have already decided to wait until tomorrow when the winds should begin to soften transhumance. Within days, the entire Mini family will be reunited and on a war footing to a historic step. Certainly, this race is not like the others.

It was dark when we came down and rigged our boats on the morning of the 29th October which seems an age ago.. The port was active but hushed, with crackling sails being hanked on, rustling of fowl weather gear and people rushed past up and down the dock and a high nervous energy among the fleet; all of us glad to be going but fully understanding the weather we had ahead was not going to be easy… When we left the dock we went straight out into gust of 25 knots, the boats were powered up, straining and charging down waves, I reefed down to be in control with the thought of 84 of us beating out of the bay and crossing tacks there would be no point in damaging the boat or risking collision within the first few hours of the race; this is the long game.

After the start the wind in our faces, spray coming over the deck every couple of minutes, the boat bucking and me being thrown around trying to get used to the motion and get into some sort of groove again. Once we were out of the bay de douarnenez the sea showed us it´s teeth. We were treated to massive rolling and sometimes breaking waves on the beam of the boat which was tossed from one wave to the next.  I decided to play it safe and as it happened slow and to keep the boat and me in one place on the first night and just going. Lots of wind shifts… sometimes 5knots wind and sometimes 20knots… I could keep a good average speed in a good direction and I could also rest! (Late when arriving into Gijon I have learned of the seven boats that retrired or abandoned the race on that first night then I know that I made the best decision to sail safe, but with not maximum speed.)  As day two came on I started to find my rythm… I steered a lot, organised myself… By this time there were very few other boats in sight, occasionally i would see the shpae of a sail appear out of the gloom, cross my bows or disappear back into a cloud but contact was limited to the radio chat that streamed out from the cabin.

It was at this point that the race became unusual: On that first morning we were told in the daily SSB broadcast that due to the poor weather we were going to all put in to Sada which is a small port near Finisterre. This did not change the stratergy too much.

After a half day we started receiving messages over the radio from the accompanying boats who escort the fleet telling us that the race director has advised us all not to go to the west as the weather system that was approaching was going to be a lot worse than had been forecast and he wanted the fleet to all head south to try and find some shelter along the coast of Spain. They were forecasting 40 knots.

I thought about this hard. We were still racing and so technically i did not have to do as I was told; however I imagined that if the race director was telling us this then it was for a good reason and if I stayed out to the west and got a pasting or into conditions that i could not handle then how could I explain ignoring these instructions. So I headed South imagining the worst – as did most of the fleet.

The next message over the radio told us to go to Gijon; the race was still on but the expected weather was so bad that we had to seek refuge, wait for it to blow over and then carry on racing to Sada. The next announcement came later on saying that anyone who could not make Sada by 0900 on the morning of the 31st must go to Gijon.  The radio buzzed as sailors of different nationalities exchanged ideas and theories in different languages and did not really understand what was going on. Those that did as we were told all continued to head South not decided on where we were going and every mindful of the heck of a storm that must be coming to have warrented such unprecedented action.

Well what can i say? The race committee have acted in the interests of our safety we know that and it would be a foolish person that headed out into 40 knot winds when they knew they were coming and they did not have to go. But the advice and instructions we were given as a fleet during the first few days made it impossible for this leg to be considered as a race. I was not making racing decisions I was making decisions based on safety as were most of the fleet. We were not racing…

Anyway I arrived Gijon Friday evening with the other Minis… We had 33-45knots wind on 31/10 and 01/11, so it was a really heavy weather sailing.

The latest plan is that we will sail in convoy to Sada to join the six boats who made it and then restart the race on the 5th from there.

In the sea I felt really good and there is no where else i would rather have been. I spent hours just steering, watching every wave, reacting to every gust, willing the boat to go faster. I won´t deny I am feeling a little jaded at this latest turn of events but I know it will be worth it in the end.

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