Lina Hooked On Mini Transat

“Wow” is the short version. Lina Rixgens spent the weekend in Douarnenez, soaking in the pre-race atmosphere of the Mini Transat. Her goal is to participate in the 2017 edition of the Mini Transat. Lina has sent me an email recently, and I cannot help but assume that she would have loved to be on one of the yachts that have left Douarnenez last Saturday.

Mini Transat 2015 Lina Rixgens embracing it all
Mini Transat 2015 Lina Rixgens embracing it all

Lina Rixgens is keen to get her own boat so she can start training properly. Her goal is to take part in the Mini Transat 2017. Up until then she has already plans for a rather tight and exhausting training and race calendar.

Just to be clear on this: She is not a novice sailor with a little girl’s dream. She is very experienced and internationally active in the class Europe, sailing and taking part also in World Championships.

Douarnenez, Mini Transat 2015

Mini Transat 2015 race village (c) Lina Rixgens
Mini Transat 2015 race village (c) Lina Rixgens

So, off to Douarnenez she went to check on pre-race activities, stroll around the race village and talk to participants of this year’s Mini Transat. She also checked which boats would very likely be for sale after the regatta. And, not to forget she talked to many of those Classe Mini sailors and sailing enthusiasts for some advice as well as wishing good luck for the journey ahead. The following is a brief account of her impressions from the race start weekend. Enjoy her inspiring lines…

Lina Rixgens talking about her days in Douarnenez for the start of the Mini Transat 2015

Mini Transat 2015 colourful boats (c) Lina Rixgens
Mini Transat 2015 colourful boats (c) Lina Rixgens

“Wow, it was a more than great experience to be around for the start of the Mini Transat! I arrived two days before the start and the atmosphere was overwhelming. 75 Classe Mini racers, all nice and pretty with lots of flags up. And all of that located in the historical museum harbour of Douarnenez. Lots of tents and info stalls, the entire city was covered in flags, banners and posters. And more or less every single shop had a picture and the story of the skipper they were supporting.

Most of the sailors simply wanted to set sail and get going. They and their boats were ready for action and it looked like they were a bit fed up with all the activities on land. Some boats, however, still had to complete quite a bit of repairs and work. And, believe it or not, at least two ‘boat christenings’ took place just before the race.

Mini Transat 2015 Classe Mini 549 (c) Lina Rixgens
Mini Transat 2015 Classe Mini 549 (c) Lina Rixgens

I managed to meet and talk to the three German participants of this year’s Mini Transat. Dominik Lenk and me sailed the Mini Fastnet a couple of months ago. Chris Lükermann I knew also from that Fastnet race. And I also – finally – met up with Jan Heinze.

I was able to hop onto the boat of a French chap to be as close to the starting line as possible – and that was brilliant indeed. The start itself we managed to see from a long way off only, as an exclusion zone had been set up. However, shortly afterwards the regatta field started to pull apart and it was possible to get close to one or the other boat and sailor. Fantastic, unbelievable, the water seemed to have been full of adrenalin.”

Well, if there is one person seemingly keen to be part of this show, then it is Lina.

Feel free to check out the other posts about her, or have a look at her website in English.

All the pictures here are Lina’s, taken last weekend during the start of the Mini Transat 2015. Enjoy!

Mini Transat 2015 Classe Mini 549 (c) Lina Rixgens
Mini Transat 2015 Classe Mini 549 (c) Lina Rixgens
Mini Transat 2015 Classe Mini 732 (c) Lina Rixgens
Mini Transat 2015 Classe Mini 732 (c) Lina Rixgens

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