The sailor from the Club de Vela Port d’Andratx (CVPA) has the ambition to become the first Balearic woman to cross the Atlantic alone in 2023, without aid and without fuel consumption, only with the impulse of the wind and a solar panel on board .
After managing to accumulate all the necessary miles to participate in the Mini Transat 2023, the Mallorcan is at the Mini Barcelona Base training and fine-tuning her boat.
Barcelona, October 19. The Majorcan sailor Aina Bauza has participated in the Barcelona Boat Show, where she has presented her project of becoming the first Balearic woman to cross the Atlantic alone, participating in the Mini Transat 2023.
Her presence at the Fundación Navegación Oceánica Barcelona (FNOB) stand together with her Mini ‘Redo’, a small boat barely 6.5 meters long, which does not have any comfort on board and with which the sailor aspires to participating in the Mini Transat has generated great expectation, attracting many people interested in learning about the athlete, her boat and her project first-hand.
“Many people related to nautical, sponsors and also anonymous people who follow me through the press and social networks have passed through here and have shown me all their support”, said Bauza, who has been at the Base Mini Barcelona for a few weeks training and perfecting the ship in order to fulfill the oceanic dream that will take place in 2023.
“I will be here until April, training to improve different maneuvers and perfecting the boat to make it more efficient,” explains Bauza, who last September managed to add and reach 1,000 miles solo and 1,500 in regatta, which is required by the organization of the Mini Transat to be able to participate.
“This year I have sailed almost 4,000 miles from April to September 2022, participating in non-stop regattas to reach the miles and improve. After April 2023, I will continue to participate in regattas to reach an even higher level. There is still a lot of work to do if I really want to race, and not just finish the Mini Transat”, she declared.
With a 4,000-mile course divided into two stages (Les Sables d’Olonne-La Palma and La Palma-Guadalupe), the Mini Transat is one of the most demanding transoceanic regattas in the world. Specifically, it is the ocean category test with smaller boats, 6.5 meters long and 3 meters wide, without any type of comfort inside and without the possibility of using electronic cartography or external communication, beyond a daily weather forecast provided by radio by the organization.
If successful, Bauza will take over from Balearic sailors such as Nacho Postigo, Hugo Ramón, José Linares and Felip Moll, becoming the first female born in the Balearic Islands to meet this demanding challenge.
Bauza has an extensive track record as a sailor for the Sailing Club of Port d’Andratx in classes such as Optimist, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and ILCA 6. He is part of the Spanish sailing team and recently placed fourth in the Offshore World Championship together with Guillermo Altadill.