Arrived: Lina Has Completed The Mini Transat

Lina Rixgens has completed the Mini Transat!

arrival Lina Rixgens Mini Transat - 4

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

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.

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Lina Living Her Sailing Dream

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.

start Mini Transat 2017 - Lina all smiles
Lina all smiles, waving while being towed towards the starting area

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.

What the Mini sailors felt during that day, I can only very vaguely try to imagine. Continue reading “Lina Living Her Sailing Dream”

Quickie Lunch With Trek’N Eat

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?

TrekNEat pasta with wild mushroom and soya ragout
TrekNEat pasta with wild mushroom and soya ragout

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”

Final Sponsoring Mini Transat Campaign Lina Rixgens

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.

Lina Rixgens all smiles on 732 first sailing

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:

  1. forward this post to friends, share on social media: we only need 1.000 x 10,-, or 500 x 20,- etc.
  2. 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.

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Lina Will Sail The Mini Transat

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.

classe mini confirmation starting mini transat

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.

Lina has worked hard over the last years to qualify for the Mini Transat. Get sponsors and a boat, practice, qualify, and still she was on the waiting list only (after the initial registration event). Now her biggest goal (and maybe dream) is so close. Brilliant. Continue reading “Lina Will Sail The Mini Transat”

Safety On Board 732 mini doc

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!

732 mini doc - aerial view - safety measures - c blondsign by Eike Schurr
732 mini doc – aerial view – safety measures – c blondsign by Eike Schurr

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’s Mini Transat Campaign

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.

joys of sailing a mini (c andreasdeubel.com)
joys of sailing a mini (c andreasdeubel.com)

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.

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Lina Wins Wehring & Wolfes Offshore Youth Award

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 Rixgens - winner of the Wehring & Wolfes Offshore Youth AwardLina 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.

German Offshore Award

Anyway, in January Lina received an invitation to join the celebrations for the German Offshore Award. This award has been around for ten years now. Its intention is to honour the achievements during offshore regattas by German owned boats. It has been initiated by the German Offshore Owners Association, and the Senate of Hamburg is hosting the award ceremony – in the venerable surroundings of the Hamburg Town Hall. Continue reading “Lina Wins Wehring & Wolfes Offshore Youth Award”

crazy4sailing – What About You?

crazy4sailing is not something I have made up (although I clearly am crazy for it). It is a wonderful combination of a couple of words. It is a state of mind. It is the problem of many spouses. And it is a pretty cool brand.

beautiful sunset at anchorage in Sejerø

Quite a while ago I have published a post on “Why do you like sailing“? This article has created lots of amazing responses, be it in the comments, emails sent directly to me as well as feedback on Google+ and Facebook. The range of thoughts was vast, mainly going in the direction of
– freedom
– peace of mind
– be focused (nothing else matters).

Are you a sailor?

Then you might recognise one of the following situations: Continue reading “crazy4sailing – What About You?”

Lina Needs To Wait A Little Longer

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 kicked off her Mini Transat CampaignLina 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”

All You Need To Know About Celestial Navigation

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.

sextant with explanations and details (c sextantbook.com)
sextant with explanations and details (c sextantbook.com)

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.

This she has done also for celestial navigation. Continue reading “All You Need To Know About Celestial Navigation”

Lina Qualified For Mini Transat 2017

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.

Lina and Sverre after Mare Nostrum race (c Andres Mata)
Lina and Sverre after Mare Nostrum race (c Andres Mata)

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.

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Your Chance: Sailing On A Pogo 2

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.

approaching La Rochelle (c Lina Rixgens)
approaching La Rochelle (c Lina Rixgens)

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 what it is like to sail on the Atlantic in a (more than safe) nutshell like this.

Starting point of your tour will be mini doc’s current home base, La Rochelle. Depending on tide, general weather forecast and wind Lina will plan (with you) the day’s approximate route. After some additional thorough preparation for the boat and yourself you will head off – and more than very likely have a grand time. Continue reading “Your Chance: Sailing On A Pogo 2”

Polo Shirt For Lina’s Mini Transat Campaign

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?

polo shirt Lina Rixgens Mini Transat Campaign - frontInitially 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”