Mini Transat 2015 · Dominik Lenk

The Boat

Minis, as the boats are lovingly called, are the smallest ›Open‹ class. The boats are only about 700kg heavy and reach speeds of up to 20 knots (ca. 40km/h).

›Open‹ means that the boat is only allowed to compete if it fits into an imaginary box: 6.5m long, 3m wide, 2m deep and 12m hight — a so called ›Box Rule‹.

Additionally strict safety rules have to fulfilled: The boat has to right itself with a 45kg weight up the mast and is not allowed to heel more than 10° when resting.

Minis have always been a playground for architects. Small size equals small costs and quick turnarounds. Ultralight carbon constructions, canting and 3D keels, wingmasts, twin rudders … over the years most of yachting’s innovations were first tested on Minis.

The Boat
  • Sails
  • Ultralight hull made from carbon fibre.
  • Stays and shrouds keep the mast upright.
  • 2 asymetric daggerboards to prevent drifting sideways.
  • The canting keel can be moved to keep the boat upright.
  • Twin rudders to control the boat even when it is heeled over.
  • The rudder not in use can be folded up.
  • Rotating bowsprit
  • Safety hatch to escape the boat should it capsize.
  • Sheltered ›Canapé‹ to sleep on deck.
  • Piano: Almost all lines on board converge here.
Architect
Bertrand
Boat number
348
Length
6.5m
Width
3m
Draught
2m
Mastheight
12m
Sail area
121m²

A Mini is set up for single- and double-handed sailing: During the Mini Transat you are alone but many qualification races are sailed with two on board. The second or third man is the autopilot, who occasionally takes his turn steering.

New Build

Schickler Tagliapietra designed a new boat in 2013. The advantage of a new boat is the lesser weight and the more efficient hull shape. Unfortunately, we were not able to build the new design due to a missing sponsor. Even though the carbon for the build has already been delivered, the new boat will be too late for the 2015 Transat. I will compete with the 2001 designed “348”.