Just a quick note from London, UK.
I am an aussie living in London currently trying to qualify for the Mini Transat
2007. I own mini number 196, MiniMinx. She is a Groupe Finot design
built in 1998 for Peter Heppel of Americas Cup fame by the AMCO yard in France.
She is the lightest boat in the fleet (800 kg), and the only boat in the fleet
with a trim tab on the keel fin and a bit of a dark horse!. She came second
in the second leg of the transat 99 with Peter Heppel at the helm.
I have just completed the Mini Fastnet although not in the most
professional way. See the story below that was sent to family and
friends and anybody vaguely interested! Could have done better but that
wasn't the aim and I am still at the bottom of a very steep learning
Thought you guys might be interested in an Aussie going for it. Is it
possible to be a member from abroad? Let me know .
PS. 1 pic of this years Fastnet and the others with the previous owner
and sponsor branding for you guys to look at.