SPOT Ambassador, Caroline Vieille, recently completed the renowned offshore race, the Transat 6.50. Only 5 other women took part in this prestigious, single handed event out of a total of 85 competitors from 14 nations.
The race started on September 13th 2009 in France, stopping in Funchal (Madeira) at the end of the first leg. The fleet experienced very good sailing conditions, enabling Caroline to achieve a position of 19th out of 36 competitors in her category.
The second leg lasted 3 weeks bringing the fleet from Funchal to Salvador do Bahia. According to Caroline, â€˜it was an amazing experienceâ€™, however, was short lived as she experienced electronic problems with her autopilot. After a 3 day stopover in the Canary Islands, Caroline was back on the water. However, after only a few nautical miles, she was hit with testing conditions in the Doldrums with dead calm waters, thunder, black clouds and heavy rain. Fortunately however, the remainder of leg 3 offered Caroline great sailing conditions allowing her a 30th place overall finish.