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Winch Cleaning Project Goes All Wrong


  • Winch Cleaning Project Goes All Wrong

    “Suddenly, the tragedy”: the Mini 6.50 goes up in smoke before his eyes

    PHOTOS AND TESTIMONIALS – Quentin Mocudet, skipper of Mini 6.50 number 1015 saw his boat catch fire on the reservoir in La Turballe. The unfortunate sailor recounts the mishap. The origin of the flames may be in the fumes of the petrol F used to clean the winches

    “Since the age of 8 I have been practicing competitive sailing in Optimist with the participation in various championships and regattas. Then the Laser 4.7 and the Radial with participation in a World Championship and a European Championship. Offshore racing has always made me dream, the story of ocean sailors in the most important regattas… I've decided that's what I want to do!”

    This Mini Transat project begins in October 2020 with the acquisition of a Pogo 2, an older generation production boat but perfect for practicing and learning offshore racing on your own. A 2021 season full of lessons took place with great battles against older generation boats. My competitive soul wanted to change gears, change boats in order to win regattas. Thanks to the help of my parents, the La Turballe center and my first partners, I changed boats to Maxi 6.50 number 1015. Latest generation high-performance production boat. No more excuses… Result: 7 races in the top 10 out of 7, three podiums and a victory despite a dislocated shoulder at the Mini en Mai.

    From my shoulder dislocation, the recovery has been very long. I was eager to get back to my best level to fight next season, to take revenge on Mini En Mai. After my shoulder surgery in early October, I felt ready to get back to training.

    THE SOURCE OF THE FIRE: PETROL VAPORS – Saturday 26 November I was preparing the final touches to my boat before resuming training: bricolage, gluing to the hull, cleaning the winches with petrol F. When suddenly tragedy strikes. A piece of paper towel catches fire. I try to choke him but in a few seconds the F petrol vapors ignite. The cockpit is engulfed in flames, I just have time to get off the boat.

    Luckily I'm not injured and I come out with two small burns on my ankles. It all happened so fast, I don't even know how it happened. When I got off the boat, I knew we couldn't stop this fire.

    Find a new boat as soon as possible for next season– This is another blow in a project strewn with pitfalls. We have to get back up as soon as possible to get back to the 2023 season and not forget the main objective: the Mini Transat. Today with the loss of the boat, I don't know if it's still possible, I qualified for the Mini Transat 2023 with this boat number 1015 which has just been completely destroyed by flames. The qualification is made for the boat/skipper pair. I haven't finalized my budget for next season yet. I am supported by several small partners in my region, but I am looking for a main partner to share my story and let them experience the Mini Transat adventure. I will not give up on my goal of participating in Mini Transat. I will recover as soon as possible! Thanks to all the people who support me in this ordeal,
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