Irish Mini 6.50 campaign for 2011 - Get involved!!!

Double & Solo Racing Group member Michael McKeon is organising an Irish  Mini 6.50 campaign…

Following the success of the Mini open days sailing on his boat “HYPOMENE”, Michael would like to rally all interested parties in making sure that the boat is actively campaigned as the “Irish Mini” during the 2011 calendar!

Anyone interested in the Mini 6.50 class and / or  in sampling short-handed racing “the French way” is welcome.

See details for this great opportunity sent by Michael below:


Keen and dedicated crew wanted for Ireland’s Mini Transat experience.

To support a Mini Transat racing campaign 2011, Ireland – France in Double Handed races and also as shore crew.

  • Require ISAF safety course
  • First Aid Certificate – 11 certified
  • ISA license
  • Doctors medical test, clearance
  • Share costs of campaigning

THE MINI TRANSAT is a 21-ft sailing boat that is raced solo across the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest Open Class yacht and a very spectacular boat.  It brings the largest fleet of offshore racing yachts on the starting line, with up to 100 of the same kind of boats. The sailing level is from pure amateur sailing up to professional sailing. The Class Mini gathers an average of 500 subscribers, most of them competitors coming from all kind of professions, from the carpenter to the engineer, the nurse to the steward, the journalist to the professional skipper

Ireland’s 2011 Mini Transat Campaign

Skipper: Michael Mc Keon (recreational sailor with 30 years sailing experience)

Boat: 202 – HYPOMENE (Prototype JP Magnan design)

Boat history:

Boat campaign 2009:!/video/video.php?v=117577687330

Boat refit 2010:!/album.php?fbid=400805967330&id=653027330&aid=184471

(Thanks to Graeme for the picture and video)

2011 Mini Transat Races in the French west coast

Race name Category Course Start date
Demi-Clé 6,50 2011 (provisoire) C Locmiquélic – Pornichet 23/04/2011
Pornichet Sélect 6,50 2011 C Départ et arrivée à Pornichet 30/04/2011
San Remo Mini Solo 2011 (Classe Mini Italie) C Sanremo-Isola Gallinara- Porquerolles-Sanremo.
Royal Western Yach Club UK Fastnet of Plymouth 2011 (provisoire) B Plymouth – Eddystone Rock Lighthouse – Bishop Rock Lighthouse – Fastnet Rock Lighthouse – Conninberg Buoy – Plymouth 15/05/2011
Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron 2011 C Départ et arrivée à Douarnenez 09/06/2011
Mini Fastnet 2011 B Douarnenez – rocher du Fastnet – Douarnenez 19/06/2011
Transgascogne 6,50 2011 – double (provisoire) B Départ de Talmont saint Hilaire. Escale à Ribadeo. Reout à Talmont saint Hilaire. 1ère étape environ 365 NM. 2ème étape, environ 285 NM. 24/07/2011
Transgascogne 6,50 2011 – Solitaire (provisoire) B Départ de Talmont Saint Hilaire. Escale à Ribadeo. Retour à Talmont Saint Hilaire. 1ere étape environ 365 nm. 2ème étape environ 285 nm. 24/07/2011
La Charente-Maritime – Bahia Transat 6,50 2011 A La Rochelle (France) – Funchal (Madère) – Salvador de Bahia (Brésil) 25/09/2011

Meeting: A proposed information meeting will be organised in the late January

For information contact Michael at :Email: or Mobile: 086-8494924

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