The Classe Mini has done a lot to improve safety on board their minis. Sailing and racing on the Atlantic has become less lethal by the year. The list of safety measures on board a mini is quite extensive. Have a look!
Ever since the first boats of Classe Mini have started sailing, quite a few sailors have lost their life. Especially in the early Classe Mini days. No big surprise, really. They are tiny boats racing on and across the Atlantic, only 6,5m long. Over the last years, Classe Mini has introduced many safety measures to make sailing a Mini much safer. Fatal incidents hardly ever occur nowadays.
Good news indeed, not only for Lina Rixgens. Lina has put together an overview of the various safety items on her Mini 732 mini doc. I find it quite amazing how much stuff fits on such a small boat – and I am not even talking about those seven plus sails used for sailing. Continue reading “Safety On Board 732 mini doc”
Andreas Deubel will complete his Mini Transat campaign in 2017.
Oh no, not another brief portrait of a Classe Mini sailor… I can assure you: it is not. I have briefly talked to Andreas and we have exchanged lengthy emails. Why am I writing about him? Because his background and especially his challenges are just so very close to my very own.
Just to clarify this upfront: “close to my own challenges” does not mean I intend to sail the Mini Transat. Or any other adventure like this one. As of today, that is.
No, I was rather referring to time juggling all sorts of activities. Sailing, training, work and – most importantly – family. How Andreas Deubel has done that in the past is something I wanted to know. So here we go, the result of our chats and emails.
Last week, the German Offshore Youth Award has been handed over. Lina Rixgens had received an invitation for that very official looking ceremony – and won.
Lina has sailed my boat, mini doc, all of last year to qualify for the Mini Transat. She took part in various regattas, sailed in winds up to 8 Bft. and in addition to that she also continued with her medical studies. This year she will have a break from her studies and concentrate on sailing in Classe Mini regattas. She is keen to start training with her training group in La Rochelle – and I am keen to finally go sailing with her.
The (first) wait is over. Today was the day lots of sailors had so eagerly expected. The first version of the Mini Transat 2017 starters’ line-up has been published.
Lina Rixgens has successfully passed all qualification requirements for the Mini Transat 2017. She has enrolled on the very first day the list opened, and since then it has been a waiting game. And the wait needs to continue, unfortunately.
Today the organisers of the Mini Transat 2017 published the first version of the official starting line-up. Lina is on position 5 of the waiting list – not ideal and, of course, it would have been better to be a confirmed starter today already. But at least she is on the list at all. Continue reading “Lina Needs To Wait A Little Longer”
What a year this has been – and now she’s done it. Lina Rixgens just completed all required qualifications to be able to enrol for the Mini Transat 2017.
The start of this year’s sailing season was all but ideal for Lina. First race not finished, severe weather meaning most of the race fleet missed the time limit. A flu had Lina down for the second race, start not possible at all. After that, however, she really got going.
What on earth is that, just another polo shirt? No, it’s not. It’s a statement. A statement for saying “support this young lady on her quest to complete the Mini Transat 2017”. Would you like to make that statement as well?
Initially I thought this is an idea born to fail. Who would want to walk around in a polo shirt crammed with logos? After a brief design session with a local printer I changed my mind – and here is the result. A polo shirt where the original colour of navy blue can still be seen, logos are not too big and at the same time still fully present. Plus, two URLs on the back (well, they had to go somewhere and “inside” was not really an option).
Is this a great polo shirt for Lina’s Mini Transat campaign?
What do you think, does it look like a winner polo shirt? Or the exact opposite? I really like it. And that is also the reason why we have decided to offer it to anybody interested in getting one (‘we’ meaning Lina and me; read more about Lina’s Mini Transat campaign). The catch is that we won’t be able to sell it for small money and ship it to anywhere on this planet. So if you would like to support Lina’s Mini Transat campaign plus get the polo shirt, then there are (a minimum of) two ways to do that: Continue reading “Polo Shirt For Lina’s Mini Transat Campaign”
Hardly ever do I ask you to have a closer look and share articles with your friends. This post here is different, and maybe you know someone who knows someone who knows someone… Lina Rixgens is still looking for support in various areas of her Mini Transat campaign.
Lina has come a long way since her very first thoughts and ideas about participating in the Mini Transat (here is a small part of her story so far). She has, however, still quite a few tasks ahead of her. With a boat now available things have moved in the right direction. I am sure you are well aware that simply having a boat does help – but it is not everything. Lina has produced a list of things “still needed”, and if you (or a friend of a friend…) can help her and tick off one of those below it would bring her another big step closer to sailing and finishing the Mini Transat.
A very long time ago (January last year, actually, but it feels a lot longer) I spent quite a few hours browsing the web. My goal was to find some information on the costs of a Mini Transat campaign. I managed to pull some data together and came up with a pretty neat cost estimate. That, however, is a different story. While doing my research I stumbled upon a couple of Classe Mini sailors’ websites, one of them being Lina Rixgens. What a goal she has set herself, and what a story it has been so far!
The very first information I found was a flyer for Lina’s Mini Transat campaign. Her project idea sounded pretty cool. I was indeed a very happy person after she had rather quickly replied to an email and answered a couple of questions. Soon after I published a first article about Lina and her plans for a Mini Transat campaign. But – who is she, what’s her background?
In brief – Lina Rixgens and her amazing goal, the Mini Transat 2017
young medical student, German, living in Belgium;
has been sailing for more than half of her life, including Optimist, Europe. Has crossed the Atlantic with “High Seas High School”. Also, has raced around the Baltic Sea with ‘Haspa Hamburg’, a Judel/Vrolijk designed long distance cruiser-racer;
regatta-proven, including World Championships in class Europe;
highly organized, with a clear view on her goals and aiming to reach them asap (that is my personal view, though it may sound like taken from a consultant’s CV).
Woohee, she’s got a boat! Lina Rixgens is now ready to tackle the intensive and challenging Classe Mini regatta scene. She will sail on 732, a Pogo 2, and is well on her way to close in on her main target: the Mini Transat 2017.
For more than a year she had talked to sponsors. At the same time Lina had looked at boats, trying to figure out how she could get out onto the water with and on a Mini all by herself. As mentioned in previous articles, she does not only want to sail around for leisure and pleasure. Her main objective is to complete the Mini Transat 2017 as the first German female sailor.
Things look a lot brighter now for this young sailor. Lina has already been on her first sailing weekend in Lorient and has enjoyed a marvellous couple of days on 732 mini doc, a Pogo 2. Where did this boat come from, and what are her immediate plans?
A very fast Mini Transat 2015 is history. Glory and tragedy, as usual so close together. This is not only a summary regarding my questions to those sailors on their Mini Transat budget. It is an article about an extraordinary experience.
I have watched and followed the joy, relief, smiles, parties, tears, pains, laughs and friendship of this Classe Mini family. And it has been pure bliss. The sailor in me had been a bit envious during the final preparation stages. Even though this is just one regatta out of many it is a fascinating event indeed: race and sail across the Atlantic in a 6,5m yacht (well, “yacht”, behaving like a dinghy…).
Anyway, one of the things I love doing is checking with some folks (i.e. experts) whether a mere theoretical research of mine makes sense or not. Back in January 2015 I put some numbers in a spreadsheet and came out with a EUR budget-figure which would get you to the starting line of a Mini Transat. All theory, of course. And there were mainly two ways to figure out whether the results of this research were kind of useful or not:
Run a Mini Transat campaign myself and see which budget I would need
Check with participants and let them tell their story.
No matter how hard you try or how much you want something to happen, occasionally it simply won’t work out. Romain Mouchel has made this experience twice already. His intentions to complete the Mini Transat have been shattered in 2013 and 2015. Here is his story so far.
Romain has been sailing as long as he can remember. The range of boats he gained sailing experience on is vast, from Lasers to F-18 and 49ers and yachts. At the age of 16 he set himself a challenging target. He wanted to fulfil a childhood dream, race in the Classe Mini and complete the Mini Transat. While in his last year in university, Romain decided to not do things by halves and chartered the Mini 346 for an entire season. And what a boost to his offshore racing as well as single-handed sailing experience it was! Continue reading “Will Unlucky Romain Try Again?”
Part-time has become fulltime, and this certainly had not been the plan. Marcus Demuth has called off his campaign for the Mini Transat 2017.
Marcus has very well diagnosed and dissected the underlying problems while sailing in the past couple of months. Unhappiness while being on the boat has increased steadily. Constant questions on the progress of his Mini Transat campaign made it harder instead of easier. And not feeling well at all during sailing time had been the very final decision point. Continue reading “Marcus Calling It Quits”
“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.
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.
His ultimate goal is the Mini Transat 2017. The first steps and nautical miles in Classe Mini races have not been easy. Marcus Demuth, however, knows how to fight and will certainly keep going.
I’ve had the chance to exchange a couple of emails with Marcus recently, in between dentist appointments, work on his Mini and trying to find an apartment. Sorted and kind of structured, here is a brief interview with him.
Marcus, you have lived on board Brooklyn Express for quite some time now. How do you cope with (or enjoy) the basic living? And are you not a wee bit envious of folks having a good rest in a camper or an apartment?
She has talked about it extensively already, and now she really gets going. Lina Rixgens gets sailing practice on Classe Mini racers, and her Mini Transat Campaign 2017 is certainly picking up speed.
Lina is fighting the usual Classe Mini and Mini Transat fight (at least it seems to be true for most participants). The sailing itself is only a small part of the entire Mini Transat campaign. Getting sponsors, funding and other supporters on board to actually make it to the starting line is taking up most of the time.