MINI SAILING – Pretty damn fast! Here is some footage of big time surfing in a Mini 6.50! Mini Transat 6.50 also known as Transat 650 is a solo transatlantic yacht race that starts in Douarnenez in France and ends in Guadeloupe covering over 4000 miles with a stop in the Madeira or the Canary Islands. The yachts are very small considering the scope of the race, and are sanctioned by the Miniclasse 6.50 organization.
Miniclasse 6.50 closely monitors the craft but applies only minimal design restrictions such as length (6.5m), beam (3.0m), draft (approximately 2.0m), and material specifications, making the mini transat 6.50 an open design.
The race runs on odd-numbered years, and the 2011 race was recently completed. Sailors had to qualify by covering one of two specified 1000 mile courses along with having 1000 miles of ocean racing experience, much of it solo.