then and now

old mini

Straight off their PR e-mail, we run this because we love the Mini’s. It is always great to take a look at the history and development of a class….

The 2015 Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe will be no different to previous editions in being a true laboratory for the latest developments in yacht design whose adoption will depend on how well they work and how practical they are. We look back on a race that is continually evolving.

Twin daggerboards, planing hulls, asymmetric spinnakers, carbon masts… These innovations were all tested for the first time on the boats of the Mini Transat. There is endless discussion on how the race and its technology have evolved – some innovations are adopted immediately while others get left by the wayside. We look back on some of the endless design and technical evolutions over the years. Read on.