The Mini Transat
History - More than a Race!
Back to the sources of the open sea.
Go back to basics, get rid of the superfluous.
This is the philosophy behind the creation in 1977 of the Mini Transat, which has become one of the legendary races in the world of sailing. The main thing for the British pioneer Bob Salmon was to find the taste of the adventure and not to give in to the sirens of gigantism, both in terms of boats and budgets.
While the Mini Transat will know in October 2021 its 23rd edition, the founding value of this event remains the same: the surpassing oneself in destitution.
"A man, an ocean, a monohull of 6.50 meters and no outside assistance. "
A counter-current of our hyper connected society.
The Mini Transat is above all the solitude of a race without communications: forbids computers, satellite phones and internet. As at a time not so long ago, competitors must rely on their own senses and their marine flair.
The school of offshore racing.
For the average person, the Mini Transat is a madness. For sailors, the adventure in what she has most noble and initiatory. It has seen the birth of the greatest: Loick Peyron, Laurent Bourgnon, Michel Desjoyaux, Thomas Coville, Isabelle Autissier, Elen McArthur, ...
In 44 years, she has established herself as an essential exam in the great and beautiful school of ocean racing. "Pass your Mini first. "
Permanent innovation and science of doing well.
Since these beginnings, the one who is nicknamed the most lonely of sunbeds, is a laboratory to develop the nautical revolutions of tomorrow. Tilting keel, rotating carbon mast, bowsprit, .... These are examples of what the Mini class has brought to the world of sailing.
MINI TRANSAT 2021
A sailor, a boat of 6.50 meters, an ocean without external assistance.
23rd edition, 84 riders, 2 stages, 4500 Milles, 132 organizers, 30 days of race.