Having fallen into the water a few miles from the finish of the Mini Fastnet, Fabrice Sorin was recovered by his skipper: “Deniz reacted perfectly”

Having fallen into the water a few miles from the finish of the Mini Fastnet, Fabrice Sorin was recovered by his skipper: “Deniz reacted perfectly”
Having fallen into the water a few miles from the finish of the Mini Fastnet, Fabrice Sorin was recovered by his skipper: “Deniz reacted perfectly”
Mini Fastnet in Douarnenez

The story of Deniz Bagci and Fabrice Sorin ends well on the Mini Fastnet. In two ways. The Cartoffset duo managed to save their second place in the bay of Douarnenez by… 32 seconds! But a few hours before this arrival, the two sailors suffered from severe heat stroke. “We arrived at Occidentale de Sein, we were under spinnaker. We gybe. It was a side that was still very committed. We were under high mainsail, spinnaker and genoa… the whole thing. It worked very well. We do about 2-3 miles and at one point we were at 15-16-17 knots, constantly surfing. The boat went sideways in an oversold situation. He picked at a wave. At that moment, I was at the helm, I lost my balance and I fell into the water,” says Fabrice Sorin, who arrived on the Tréboul pontoon in a survival suit.

“Strangely at no time was I afraid”

Solo, the one who started the Mini in 2001 and did two Mini-Transat (7th Series in 2005 and 9th Series in 2011) is attached, this is not necessarily the case in doubles: “I crossed the boat . I don’t know how I managed to get into the water, probably between the lines. I tried to grab a piece. But my weight and the pressure due to the speed of the boat meant that I was unable to keep it. I let go, my life jacket inflated.” The coolness of his co-skipper, who finished fourth in the Marie-Agnès Péron Trophy a week ago, did the rest: “Deniz was on board, outside and he reacted perfectly. He reacted in an absolutely magical way. He did the right thing at the right time. He lowered the spinnaker and managed to turn around. The action lasted around twenty minutes,” continues the Nantes resident. Twenty minutes where he was not afraid: “Strangely, at no time was I afraid. There was no anxiety. I had symbiosis and absolute trust in Deniz. We had already sailed in difficult conditions. We both know how it works. He reacted as I thought.”

Not easy to get back on board

When Fabrice Sorin managed to get back on board – “On my own, I couldn’t do it. There is the weight of water, your body weighs the weight of a dead donkey and if he hadn’t been there to help me, I couldn’t have done it alone. I came up from the back of the boat with the inflated vest blocking you… but it goes so fast that we don’t always have the right reflexes at the moment” – the Turkish skipper says that “we have to start the race in parentheses “. But Fabrice Sorin is not the man to give up. He is a competitor at heart. In the lead before the accident, the two men attacked again: “Behind, there was the second. I saw him pass 15 m from me, he didn’t see me. I screamed but he didn’t hear me! It was at 15 knots, there is a lot of noise on these boats. We are a tiny speck in the water. Morality: we lose a place (laughs).” But that’s not the main thing: two people crossed the line!

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