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On October 8, 1977, Penzance (United Kingdom), 24 sailboats of 6.50 m with a single sailor on board set sail towards Antigua via Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The smallest ocean racing yachts and their favorite race: the Mini Transat were born.

Today, the Classe Mini brings together some 300 members, the vast majority of whom are runners, from all socio-professional backgrounds, from carpenters to engineers, from nurses to stewardesses, from journalists to professional skippers.


The Mini Class is above all the association of all those who are passionate about these fabulous sailboats, wanting to share the furious surf, the budget galleys, the days waiting for the wind and all the moments of happiness that the ocean offers us. .


• High altitude regattas: 2 to 5 days duration

• Since 1977 queen regatta = Mini Transat

• All boats are very similar (box rule) = Mini 6.50

• Technological innovations are allowed

• 1 or 2 crew members maximum

• They do not have a motor (neither toilet nor kitchen)

• No external communications (mobile, satellite phone, etc. prohibited)

• Charge batteries with renewable energy (solar, wind, others)

• It is the quarry and laboratory of the Imocas (Vendee Globe)

• Offshore A2: pre-Olympic category in Paris 2024.


Organized every odd year, the Mini Transat is the flagship event of the Mini6.50 class.


The journey takes place in two stages, departing from Les Sables d'Olonne with a ten-day stopover in the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to Saint-François in Guadeloupe.


The Puru Transgascogne is the last qualifying race that allows competitors to validate the mandatory race miles to participate in the Mini Transat.

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