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Lina Needs To Wait A Little Longer

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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 […]

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All You Need To Know About Celestial Navigation

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When thinking about celestial navigation, the very first thing coming to my mind is a sextant. There is, however, a whole lot more to it than just that. Viki Moore has put together an awesome series of articles on everything related to celestial navigation. Viki wants to sail around the world. If there is one sailor qualified to do so, then it is her. She has more nautical miles in her sailing books than most […]

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Lina Qualified For Mini Transat 2017

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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, […]

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Your Chance: Sailing On A Pogo 2

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Have you ever dreamt of a pretty cool ride on an even cooler sailing boat? This is your chance: get onto a Classe Mini sailing yacht (Pogo 2) and race on the Atlantic. Lina Rixgens will take you out for a day you won’t forget. No matter whether you are a novice or an experienced sailor, this is a great chance for something unusual. Spend a day on Classe Mini “732 mini doc” and see […]

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Polo Shirt For Lina’s Mini Transat Campaign

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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 […]

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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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Hansajolle – Back To The Roots

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I have sailed on quite a few different types of dinghies. Now a planned tour with a Hansajolle on the river Elbe had me wondering whether this really was a good idea. The Elbe can be quite nasty, especially when tide runs against wind. The Hansajolle, however, had been planned and constructed with those challenging conditions in mind. With “back to the roots” I don’t really want to imply that sailing on very old or […]

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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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Come On, Rainbow Pirates, Keep On Going!

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The “Rainbow Pirates“ had quite a crazy day way back at the beginning of March. The result: a 2.050,- € donation! Another great step for the team of “Meer bewegen”. They can now continue their challenging task of getting disabled folks out onto the water and sailing. “Pirate Party” sounds like a lot of fun, and it was indeed for dozens of kids and their parents. The team of “Meer bewegen” (the Rainbow Pirates) also […]

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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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Zero Emission Sailing Around The World

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What a trip! Sailing around the world is one thing, nothing unusual for a couple of young chaps. The more than amazing element is that their sailing boat has not used a single drop of fuel. They were running on zero emission. Including cruising the 40 nautical miles along the Panama Canal. How did they do it? The four guys from the Eco Sailing Project first had an idea, which turned into a plan, which […]

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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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Three Optimists Extend Rainbow Pirates Fleet

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Third time lucky? It is rather a case of lucky to the power of three – on the very first try. The team of “Meer bewegen” were on cloud nine when they received the news that they had been granted a donation of three new Optimists. They are an extension to their fleet of barrier-free sailing boats. The IMMAC Sailing Academy regularly sponsors training and development of young sailors. One way they are doing this […]