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 6,5 metres long. Lina Rixgens is aiming to become the first German woman to finish the Mini Transat. And with one other sailing crazy contender, Andreas Deubel, I had talked about his challenges and problems regarding his Mini Transat campaign.
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 overwhelmed. No kidding now: when the boats got towed out towards the starting area, the cheers and Good Byes brought tears to my eyes. The relief of finally getting started, the anxiety of the way ahead, the Good Byes from the huge crowd. Wow.
Can you survive on freeze-dried food, for example Trek’N Eat? Of course you can! The question is: Will your taste buds die while eating, or is it a culinary highlight?
On Sunday, 01. October, the 2017 edition of the Mini Transat will start. Taking off from La Rochelle, the racing fleet will sail to the Canaries first. After a stopover for repairs, re-stocking of food and the like, they will set sail again, this time for Martinique.
Crossing the Atlantic in a Classe Mini racer will – apart from being extremely exhausting – take its time. So, besides sailing skills, sleep management and a lot of good luck, it is also a question of what to eat during those weeks. Fruits, salad and freshly caught fish might be on the menu for quite a few circumnavigators or long-term cruisers. For the racing folks, however, this is not an option. Continue reading “Quickie Lunch With Trek’N Eat”
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 the official body, the Classe Mini, have made the boats very safe, despite their size.
Nowadays, the budget for a “kind of normal” Mini Transat campaign is still close to EUR 100.000. An awful lot of money, especially as usually no big sponsors are involved. And if you are a student, as Lina is, this sum sounds astronomical.
Lina’s campaign is running out of money – how can you help?
Two very simple steps to help Lina:
forward this post to friends, share on social media: we only need 1.000 x 10,-, or 500 x 20,- etc.
if you can help – please help; or if you can think of anyone being able to help Lina, especially with the topics listed below, please comment at the end of this post or send me a message.
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 when the importance of it all finally reached my brain.
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”
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 sailors I know. Right now, she is studying for her RYA Ocean Yachtmaster exam – and for her, one way to learn all the stuff required is to write it down neatly. Plus, share it with lots of other folks worldwide.
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.
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 after Easter she has started sailing on mini doc, a Pogo 2 she will be training and racing on for the next two years up until the Mini Transat 2017.
First regatta for Lina as a skipper in Classe Mini
Lina had a couple of days to find her way around her boat when the first regatta came up. It was the 150nm “Bretagne Sud Mini Lorient” (BSM), a two-handed race starting in Lorient. 76 Minis at the starting line, winds up to 40kn and a very tight time limit.
Well, only about a third of all series boats managed to cross the finish line in time. Most of the finishers were brand new boats, mini doc is not one of them. Lina’s partner on this storm training session was Katrina Ham, an Australien Mini-sailor with thousands of miles Classe Mini experience (including Mini Transat).