Transatlantic, single-handed sailing race on 21 feet yachts, without assistance or any interaction with the outside world.


The project




What is the Mini Transat ?


The Mini Transat is a unique race which goes from France to Guadeloupe via the Canaries. The race is very different from any other offshore sailing race as it is raced :

   >  single-handedly 

   >  on yachts long of only 21 feet

   >  without any assistance or interactions with the outside world

   >  without any other navigational equipment than a simple GPS.  



My objective


The "Mini" is something I have always dreamt of. My objective is to be on the start line as well as to cross the finish line. This is already a difficult challenge in itself. Any satisfying ranking would be the icing on the cake.



Why sponsor me?


Offshore races like the Vendée Globe have always caught your attention and you've always wanted to be part of such a project?

You've always wanted to implement a particular project that appeals to you but you never could?

You want to sail across the Atlantic but you don't know how?


Single-handed races are not meant to be sailed alone. Join the adventure and take part in the most extreme sailing race there is!

Why fund it?

The minimum budget to take part in the Mini Transat is as follows :


     2 000 €   Entry fee

+   5 000 €   Getting the boat back to France after the race (onboard a cargo)

+   1 500 €   Food during the race

+   3 500 €   Insurance

+   4 000 €   Energy generation (fuel cell and solar panels)

+      500 €   Medical test

+   1 000 €   Deck gear and ropes


= 17 500 €


I'm 23 years old and I have just finished my studies after three years at the University of Cambridge and a year at MIT. I wish to fulfil my teenage dram which by taking part in the Mini Transat.

FAQ Questions about the project

+ How long does the race take?

The race is split into two legs. The first (Douarnenez - Canaries) takes roughly a week and a half (8 to 11 days) and the second (Canaries - Guadeloupe) anywhere between 15 and 21 days.

+ How many competitors take part in the Mini Transat?

The Mini Transat has been raced every two years since 1977. The maximum number of boats on the start line is 84, which will almost certainly be reached in 2015 .

+ What do you eat ?

Mostly freeze-dried food ("space food") because it doesn't take much space and it's easy to prepare.

+ How do you sleep ?

The boat is equipped with an auto-pilot which helms towards a set direction or more often to a fixed angle relative to the wind.
However the pilot can't do everything, which is why you have to wake up regularly to check how the wind changes (in direction and speed), adjust or change sails and look around the boat. This is why we sleep in small naps (sometimes less than 15 mins) and rarely more than 5 or 6 hours per day.

+ How do you get water ?

Because water-making machines are not 100% reliable we take all the water we need in jerrycans, which is 50L for the first leg and about 100L for the second leg. This means that we have on average at least 5L a day which is more than reasonable as long as you're happy not showering...
To make the boat lighter and thus faster it's not unusual to get rid of some of the drinkable water halfway through the race. If the wind picks up and you need more weight you can always refill with sea water!
In addition to the water they need, competitors are required to take a 10L survival can. It is there for emergency purposes only so if you open it you get disqualified from the race.

+ Is it possible to track boats during the race?

Absolutely! During the race there is a live map which is updated several times a day. You then know exactly where I am and how I am doing relative to other boats!

Newest comments

Allez Nico, on est derriere toi! Bonne transat... Guy-Hubert
Bravo Nicolas pour ce projet!
Coucou Nicolas, Bravo pour ce beau projet plein d'energie et de persévérance! Paul et Sylvie Gay