Build your own MINI and race around the world, or the bay
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:00 AM
McIntyre Adventure, organizer of the Solo 2018 www.GoldenGlobeRace.com and the fully crewed 2023 www.OceanGlobeRace.com , will soon announce plans to establish an exciting new International One Design Class of plywood, Mini 5.80-meter yachts. Aimed at home builders and adventurous racing sailors, a solo 5.80 Transatlantic race is planned for 2021 and a Mini Globe Race is scheduled for 2024.
The Official announcement and launch of the ClassMini 5.80 will take place at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat show on Saturday 14th March on center stage 1.30pm. Full details will be released then and the official www.ClassMini580.com website will go live. Hull No. 01 for Don McIntyre is currently under construction in Poland. It is due to be sailing late JUNE. McIntyre will sail this yacht in the first Solo 5.80 Transat, setting out from Portugal in NOV. 2021. It will then be used to sponsor other young sailors.
The idea for this new simple Mini 5.80 started to form in 2010 when McIntyre was sailing a 25ft Open timber Whale boat, 4000 miles across the Pacific, from TONGA to KUPANG - West Timor in the wake of William Bligh and his men, following the Mutiny on the HMS Bounty.
“I love small boats for their simplicity and pure adventure and building this 5.80 with sustainable plantation plywood is about as low impact as you can get.” Said Don McIntyre, organizer of the new ClassMini 5.80 “ I have no idea if sailors will get excited about this new development, but I certainly am. We hope to see boats building all over the world and if that happens, we will support National Associations and local races. It’s not foiling, nor carbon and we’re ok with that! “
Something small for big dreams is happening March 14!! At HISWA….