McIntyre Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat 2021 –
On 13th of December, Etienne Messikommer (Switzerland) with his colorful Numbatou (Hull 88) crossed the finish line at 20:48 UTC, sailing into Antigua after 26 days, seven hours, and 48 minutes at sea, to win the inaugural 2021 McIntyre Adventure Globe 5.80 Transat Race, Numbatou had covered 3184 nm since leaving Lanzarote.
“I did not sleep much in the last three days, it’s been intense but I’m very happy to be here in Antigua,” said Etienne on his arrival.
Followed by Michal Krysta (Czech Republic) who crossed the line with his Menawan (Hull 07) at 01:19 UTC at the same night, after weeks of a captivating mano-a-mano at the forefront of the fleet, sticking together since the very start from Lagos on the Western option, while the rest of the fleet headed East.
Numbatou and Menawan are now moored in Antigua’s National Sailing Academy. “We are delighted to welcome the Globe 580 Transat to the National Sailing Academy Dock. The channel coming into our dock is 6-7 feet, so it’s as if the boats were built specially to come in!” said Alison Sly-Adams, the Academy’s General Manager. “It’s inspiring for our youths to meet the sailors and understand the challenges they have endured to follow their dream of building and racing their own boats across the Atlantic.”
Both sailors had sailed their Globe 5.80 together from Les Sables d’Olonne to Lagos, spending valuable time on the water, speed-testing, learning the boat in variable weather and sea conditions. The pair also led the fleet during the 600 nm qualifier from Lagos (Portugal) to Lanzarote (Spain) and were widely seen as the main contenders for the inaugural Globe 5.80 Transat.