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Still Needed By Lina For Her Mini Transat Campaign

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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 […]

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Lina’s First Classe Mini Solo Regatta

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Sailing single-handed is one thing, racing solo on the Atlantic on a small boat you hardly know is something quite different. Despite having had a couple of days training only Lina’s handled the first two regattas pretty well. To say Lina Rixgens is new to solo regattas would not really be true. She is a World Championship-experienced sailor in class Europe. However, sailing on a Classe Mini Ocean racing yacht is a different story. Just […]

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Chance Encounter: Two People, One Goal

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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, […]

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The Race Is On… Lina’s Got A Boat

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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 […]

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Classe Mini Sailors, What Is Your Biggest Frustration?

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Sailing projects not completed, a sailing career abandoned, agony high instead of spirits rocketing. A question that keeps coming back to me and is for all Classe Mini Sailors: What frustrates you most with sailing in the Classe Mini? I have followed the Classe Mini rather closely in the last 18 months or so, and despite successful stories of winners and finishers, of smiles and laughter everywhere, there are quite a few Classe Mini sailors […]

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Budget Mini Transat 2015 – Plus Some Other Insights

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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 “budget Mini Transat 2015”. 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 […]

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Will Unlucky Romain Try Again?

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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 […]

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Marcus Calling It Quits

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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 […]

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Lina Hooked On Mini Transat

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“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 […]

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Marcus On Part-Time Classe Mini Break

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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 […]

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Lina And Dominik Back From Mini Fastnet

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Lina Rixgens and Dominik Lenk are back from the Mini Fastnet 2015. The event did not go as planned on Dominik’s prototype 348. But especially for Lina it was a great experience indeed. “This was not my last Classe Mini regatta!” Those were Lina’s final words after a recap of the Mini Fastnet 2015. After a more than exciting week in Douarnenez and racing towards the Fastnet Rock she has not been disillusioned by the […]

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Lina Rixgens Mini Transat Campaign Picking Up Speed

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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 […]

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From Sea Kayak To Classe Mini: Marcus Demuth

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He’s paddled his sea kayak around Britain and Ireland in record time. He has then given up a professional sea kayak career for sailing in the Classe Mini. Now he is living on board his “Brooklyn Express”, a 6,50m long TipTop, getting ready for the Mini Transat 2017. Here is a very interesting (and entertaining) article by Marcus Demuth. My name is Marcus, and I was instantly drawn to Hubert’s blog both because of its […]

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Mini Transat – Dream Or Nightmare?

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Braveheart or Madman? I am very likely not the only one who gets odd looks when talking about the Mini Transat. Depending on whom you are talking to, reactions vary from verbal shoulder padding to secretly calling a mental home. The boat is 6,50 metres long, the Atlantic a lot larger; waves are (not only) sometimes higher than the boat is long; in addition to that, the singlehanded sailors are short of sleep for the […]

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Young Female Sailor Targets Mini Transat 2017

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She is a young female sailor, she is talented, and she is focused. Lina Rixgens is aiming to become the first German female sailor to complete the Mini Transat. And well on the way she is indeed. She will be all by herself. On a boat smaller than some cars. Racing across the Atlantic. She knows that it will be her toughest race to date – and that is one of the great positives about […]