Mini Transat: Not an insignificant feat

Published on November 30th, 2020

Plans are underway for the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat, reserved for the Mini 6.50, the smallest offshore racing class at 21-feet, which brings together 84 solo sailors for transatlantic competition.

Created in 1977 by Bob Salmon with the aim of reconnecting with the adventurous spirit of the first transatlantic races, and organized every odd year since, the next Mini Transat edition will start on September 26, 2021.

Limited participation for safety, with strict qualification guidelines, the 4,050 nm course is divided in two parts: Les Sables d’Olonne (France) to Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Canaries (Spain), restarting on October 29 for the finish at Saint-François in Guadeloupe.

An Atlantic crossing, without weather routing by satellite or any contact with the land, is not an insignificant feat. Over the years, the event has acquired the reputation as a true school of ocean racing as the skipper must be versatile and capable of taking on all the challenges that the Atlantic provides. –

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