Anyone up for a race around the world in 2024 in a self-righting Mini 5.80?
Mini Globe Race 2024 routeLeg One: Europe to Canary Islands followed by a four day stopover, before continuing to a Caribbean port and a seven day stop, and then on to Panama. Approximately 4,700 miles.
Leg Two: Panama to The Marquesas Islands, seven day stopover, and then on to Tahiti. Approximately 4,660 miles.
Leg Three: Start Tahiti to Tonga. Approximately 1,400 miles.
Leg Four: Tonga to Kupang, the capital of the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara. Approximately 3,800 miles.
Leg Five: Kupang to Mauritius, seven day stopover, and then on to Cape Town. Approximately 6,200 miles.
Leg Six: Cape Town to Cape Verde, seven day stopover, and then on to European finish. Approximately 5,700 miles.
In total, skippers can expect to race 26,400 miles and take around 400 days to finish the race.
Entries for the Mini Globe Race will open on 1 November 2020.
The ClassMini 5.80, which can be self-built out of plywood, has been designed by Polish sailor Janusz Maderski, and hull number one is currently under construction in Poland. Sea trials should get underway by late June.
The one design boat features basic plywood epoxy construction, bow foam crash box, three watertight compartments, two watertight bulkheads and a fully battened mainsail.
The hull will be laminated with epoxy and glass, and the keel will be steel fabricated with lead bulb.
LOA of 5.8m, a beam of 2.3m and a draft of 1.5m, expect average speeds of 100 miles a day.
Once the keel, rudder and spars are removed, the boat should be able to fit into a standard 20ft shipping container.
For those building their own ClassMini 5.80 a builders’ group forum will be set up.
Plans for the yacht will be released on 1 June.
The boat can be built by one or two people with little experience and basic tools in about 500 hours.