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Why Have I Bought A Pogo 2 (732 mini doc)?

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“Hubert, seriously, why have you bought a Mini? Why a Pogo 2? What is the big plan behind it all?” Those must have been the questions I got asked most in the last two years. Yes, it was – for German standards – probably quite unusual to buy a boat and immediately hand it over to a young lady. And not for simply sailing, but rather for completing the Mini Transat. However, here are some […]

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Mini Transat 2017 – Budget And Other Stats

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Initially, I had not planned to repeat my Mini Transat Budget Questionnaire from two years ago. However, sometimes you need to kick your plans out of the window and do what your heart tells you to. So here we go. This time I managed to be there – at the start of the Mini Transat 2017. It was, funnily enough and you will definitely shake your head now, also the first time I set foot […]

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Goal Reached – Dream Fulfilled

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A few weeks have passed since Lina Rixgens has fulfilled her year-long dream, to complete the Mini Transat. This article is my final one about this amazing lady and her project. When looking and reading older articles about Lina’s project, it still feels like yesterday when it all started. She has gone a long way, and she’s done it! The first leg of the Mini Transat brought her some challenges. The second leg was lots […]

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Arrived: Lina Has Completed The Mini Transat

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Lina Rixgens has completed the Mini Transat! She crossed the finishing line on Sunday afternoon. And now, I guess, very big compliments and an even bigger party are due. This is going to be a very short post… She’s done it. Lina has completed the Mini Transat. Her big dream, THE objective and goal of the last years has been achieved. Congratulations Lina, absolutely well done, this is a fantastic achievement!!

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Walk Up The Mast During A Regatta

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The Mini Transat quite regularly produces the most amazing stories of tragedy, glory, records and new-born heroes. One thing you don’t want to do, whatever your objective, is to walk up the mast during a regatta. Andreas Deubel had no other chance but do it – on day two. Well, I am sure by now you have heard about the Mini Transat. It is a single handed regatta across the Atlantic – in sailing boats […]

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Lina Living Her Sailing Dream

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Right now, Lina is in the very middle of her sailing dream. On 01. October, the Mini Transat 2017 has started and Lina Rixgens was one of 81 Mini sailors at the starting line. I needed a couple of days after the start of the Mini Transat to sit down and write this article. Never had I been to a race start like this one. Even though I was a spectator only, I was emotionally […]

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Final Sponsoring Mini Transat Campaign Lina Rixgens

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In a recent post I wrote about Lina and how she is now so close to fulfilling her very big dream: to participate in the Mini Transat. She has been confirmed as a starter, and today I learned that she might miss out due to running out of budget. The Mini Transat had initially been designed as an alternative to the rich men’s regattas. Small, seaworthy boats, racing across the Atlantic. Lots of improvements by […]

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Lina Will Sail The Mini Transat

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Finally, the wait is over. Lina Rixgens will sail the Mini Transat. She has captured a place in the starting line-up of the toughest Classe Mini regatta, starting on 01. October 2017. When Lina sent me the screenshot here I had to read it twice to get to the really important part. It is just a tiny note, a message hidden in a longer text. And yet, I can hardly describe the relief I felt […]

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Safety On Board 732 mini doc

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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 […]

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Andreas Deubel’s Mini Transat Campaign

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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 […]

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Lina Wins Wehring & Wolfes Offshore Youth Award

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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]