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The VG-Mini 6.5 2G

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Project Detail

The Mini Transat Class is arguably experiencing the greatest growth in participation than any other performance sailing yacht class in the world today. The sailing fraternity universally recognizes this class as being the proving ground for young sailors with aspirations of racing around the world on Class 40s and IMOCA 60s. Technically speaking, these boats are extremely sophisticated with the protos pushing the envelope of development within the confines of a relatively unrestrictive and progressive open rule.

After a significant period of research and development, Van Gorkom Yacht Design is excited to be releasing their second generation VG-Mini 6.5 proto. This mini design is a phenomenal little boat and has the potential to dominate the competition and establish a whole new level of performance. All that, and it’s available as a kit-plan-package for the boat building enthusiast.

The all carbon fiber hull and deck incorporates the latest proven trends in hydrodynamics for this ilk of offshore racing boat. The canoe body has a full entrance angle in its forward sections (not quite a scow bow), and a gentle rocker fairing into a defined wide-body chine aft. This optimized configuration will give the boat a significant advantage in terms of raw power and its ability to perform well in a broad range of conditions.

The appendages consist of an 80 degree articulating fin and bulb, and port/stbd asymmetric dagger boards, and twin rudders. The versatility of this arrangement, plus the added water ballast, dramatically adds to the sailing stability and performance of the boat. The keel has a carbon fiber fin supporting a lead bulb. The dagger boards and rudders are also all carbon construction. A foiling version of the boat is presently under development.

The spar, rigging and deck hardware packages have been carefully selected with the latest philosophies in mind coming from today’s top Mini skippers. This kit is the perfect boat building project for the sailor who wants to put together a “from the ground up” performance sailing yacht and be highly competitive at the end of the day.

VGYD is selling the VG-Mini 6.5 2G basic kit-plan-package for US$4,250. See Kit Plans for details.

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mini 6.5 sailboat

Wevo 6.50 mini class

€57,500

VAT included

  • Reference ID 668
  • Builder Wevo
  • Model Mini 6.50
  • Skyron: Oris D’Obaldo
  • Location Italy
  • L.O.A. (mtr) 6.50
  • Beam (mtr) 3.00
  • Draft (mtr) 1.60
  • Displacement (Kg) 910
  • Material Composite

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Yacht description.

Wevo 6.5 is designed by architect Oris D’Obaldo and his office Skyron and built by Cima Boats in Grosseto, Italy.

The boat was launched in 8th December 2018 and the owner sailed over 8000 miles with the boat.

About the Wevo 6.5

The Wevo has a round bow, the volume of which lies between that of a Pogo 3 and a Maxi. Everything is designed for absolute weight optimization. The individual parts are manufactured using an infusion process. This makes the structure lighter and at the same time improves its stiffness. She is an innovative boat in shape and materials, ready for ocean sailing in the Mini 6.50 Class 

26 mq – Gennaker 37,5 mq – Code 5 79 mq – Spinnaker Maxi 60 mq – Spinnaker medio 4 mq – Storm jib 25 mq – Main sail 19,5 mq – Jib

  • Facnor furler fx for the Code0
  • Running rigging Gottifredi Maffioli
  • Main sail with 3 reef, owner: reasonable/ used condition
  • Code 0, owner: reasonable/ used condition
  • Solent with 1 reef, owner: reasonable/ used condition
  • Medium gennaker with 1 reef, owner in perfect condition
  • Code5 in perfect condition
  • Storm sail with one reef in perfect condition
  • Large gennaker 70 m2, owner: used condition but for training is ok. 

Deck and Cockpit

  • stoppers Constrictor  
  • winches Antal
  • 4 Solbian solar panels for total 300 watt, 2 panels fo 100watt each one + 2 panel of 50wat each one
  • 2 lithium batteries 12V, totalling 200 Ah
  • liferaft Iso9650-1  Eurovinil for 4 persons
  • all the security equipment for the race Mini class
  • 2 bilge pumps

Electronics and Navigational Gear

B&G Hercules 5000

  • speed, wind, depth
  • Ais transceiver
  • Vhf handheld
  • remote controller
  • vhf bluetooth 
  • Hand bearing compass
  • Engine bracket
  • Anchor 6kg alu

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Arkema 3 – the innovative foiling Mini 6.50 aiming to win the 2017 Mini Transat race

Yachting World

  • June 20, 2017

Andi Robertson takes a detailed look at the new Mini 6.50 design hoping to win this year's Mini Transat.

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Looking at the armoury of innovations incorporated in the Arkema 3 Mini it appears to be an all-out effort to blast every other Mini out of the water, pushing new performance frontiers for the offshore class, which has always been a development hotbed.

But there is much, much more to this project than winning a Mini 6.50 arms race. Arkema 3 is a design and technology testbed for a whole raft of new ideas.

Top of the list for innovation in the boatbuilding industry, which needs to do much more to clean up its manufacturing technologies, is the use of a range of new resins and glues manufactured by the global chemicals giant Arkema. The hull and deck of the boat were made from Arkema’s thermoplastic composite Elium, a liquid acrylic resin that is completely recyclable.

The €7.5 billion turnover Arkema group has a successful history of innovation in ocean racing through entrepreneurial French skipper Lalou Roucayrol. The successful Team Lalou Multi50 spawned a Mini Transat programme, which since 2011 has brought on young French skipper Quentin Vlamynck.

Designer Romaric Neyhousser is the very smart but practical thinker behind of much the foils work by Guillaume Verdier’s design and engineering group for the VPLP-Verdier IMOCAs. He also collaborates with Verdier on Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup cat.

The Arkema 3 Mini started with a blank sheet of paper in 2015. A menu of ideas was picked over, including canting rigs, canting and extending keel, mast rake modification systems, a system to control the orientation of the keel in 3D, the wingsail, and foils.

Neyhousser says the now popular scow Mini hull shape was a personal passion of his for some 20 years. Then from the shortlist it was decided the new Mini’s canting and extending keel would incorporate a device to set the tilt angle. It is believed to be the only 6.50, so far, using this concept.

A change to the Mini class rule opened the door for foils. The rule now states that ‘appendages can increase the beam defined in J-3 (3m) once the start has been taken’. The draught can also be increased after the start beyond the 2m limit.

Take a look back at 2015 Mini Transat: Eight Cube, or the Flying Frog, this eccentric new Mini Transat boat has foils.

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Photo F Augendre/DPPI

Two-element wingsail

The two-element wingsail is the boat’s biggest and boldest step. The Mini class allows only polyester mainsails and so constructing a shape which holds its design shape and rigidity was a challenge.

Neyhousser worked with La Rochelle’s Incidences Voiles. Ease of use, reduced loads and improved efficiency came ahead of speed potential.

In particular they sought improved handling and loads during the acceleration phase. The result is inspired by C-Class rigs but it is not as rigid.In effect it comprises two wings, each with symmetrical panels over a carbon framework.

The rig design is a continually evolving process, not least because there are neither load cells nor data analysis of the sort used extensively by the America’s Cup wingsail designers. Instead the initial design analysis included building a one-fifth scale model and literally feeling the loads.

The real gain with a wing is the ability to develop a really clean, aerodynamic leading edge and that is a work in progress on Arkema . “It is difficult to have a nice leading edge, only through the action of luff tension. It is too thin and not round enough. So it is very important that we improve here,” Neyhousser notes.

“The gains we are sure we have is the sheer usability factor. The tensions and loads are low. In strong winds with the foil set up it is important to be able to react with the sail when the acceleration is so quick, from 15 to more than 20 knots in a few seconds. Compared with the classical mainsail that is very good.”

Foiling options

Neyhousser’s priority was to design a boat that had good all-round capabilities across the wind range and was not too extreme. Safety and the ability to sail at high average speeds with ease were the watchwords, rather than pushing for a completely foiling design.

However, having designed and built Arkema 3 , Neyhousser now believes full foiling is possible. “We could have designed a boat which would fly most of the time, but I was not convinced at the time,” he explains.

“We wanted to be prudent and the goal was to have a boat which typically foiled at 18-20 knots boat speed, at the highest end of the speed range.”

The boat came out around 150-200kg heavier than expected but still flies in 15-17 knots of wind at 18 knots. The top speed so far in flat water is 24 knots.

The designer says, smiling: “In 20 knots of wind you are sailing at 20 knots of boat speed, maybe a little more.’

Arkema 3 has relatively small foils, which work in different modes. The foils set on a canting axis similar to normal keel systems, with a 30° range.

When the shaft is set more vertically for slow speeds and upwind it acts more like a daggerboard; when it is canted up it acts more like an IMOCA-style foil creating lift and increasing the righting moment. The rake of the foils are also adjustable.

The scow hull shape also increases lift and stability, so why have both? Neyhousser says the wider scow bow allows them to better manage the angle of attack of the keel and the foils, giving a more direct flow onto the foils.

He adds: “This is not an extreme hull, it does not reach the max beam that I could have gone for. The aim here is to reduce the wetted surface at certain heeling angles. The foil generates a lot of dynamic stability, which compensates for the reduced beam.”

Close-up images of Arkema 3

Arkema 3 keel controls

The keel cants and extends at the same time. ‘Tilt’ (angle in relation to horizontal) can be adjusted when sailing. Upwind, the skipper increases the tilt to offset leeward drift. The angle is reduced as the boat accelerates and the righting moment increases, and when the boat starts to fly. A big gain is that reducing the tilt can have the same effect as reducing the cant angle but without losing any righting moment.

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Pivoting foils emerge from the hull through a missile-shaped slot, resting on two bearings. The structure means the guide for the foil head is shaped to the slot.

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A tackle system controls the lateral and longitudinal position of the foil head guide. It is a very light and simple system but requires a lot of care to ensure the seal remains watertight.

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T-foils on the rudders are not at the actual tip of the blades. This allows a greater surface area within the maximum span allowed of 3m.

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The bowsprit retracts inside the boat when not used for less windage. It is self-supported with no bobstay needed to hold or manoeuvre it but this strength comes with extra weight.

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A forestay track allows the headsail tack to be moved to windward or leeward for the most efficient sheeting angles.

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Wingsail controls allow adjustment of the camber of the boom and overall rotation (more than 90°). The boom is fitted into the mast.

Arkema 3 is a dynamic, exciting programme that will continue to test the full team in order to be optimised for the Mini Transat, which starts 1 October 2017. The boat does not yet have all her sails – least of all an overlapping Code 0 – and learning how best to use all the buttons will be a work in progress.

Arkema 3 specification

Length (waterline): 6.5m (21ft 4in) Beam: 3m (9ft 10in) Draught: 2m (6ft 5in) Disp (lightship): 800kg (1,763lb) Sail area (downwind): 107sq m (1,151sq m)

The hull is infusion moulded from a recyclable thermoplastic and carbon fibre composite. The windows are made of an elastomer called Altuglas ShieldUp which weighs half that of conventional glass. Bostik glues are used in the build.

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Classe Mini 6.50: Still a class apart

  • Ocean Racing

Classe Mini 6.50

The Mini class has long been a proving ground for up and coming offshore sailors with an ambition to graduate to larger offshore classes.

Despite Covid 19 restrictions, organisers have compiled a full calendar for the Mini 6.50 season which kicked off last month with the Italian Archipelago 650 race.

Following several Mediterranean-based competitions, the action has switched to the Atlantic coast for a series of summer events including two new ones, the Mini Gascony and the Calvados Cup double-header.

After first and second place finishes in the Gran Premio d’Italia, Anne-Claire Le Berre and Amélie Grassi lead the rankings in the production class. Hugo Dhallenne and Thibaut Vauchel-Camus came out on top in the recent Plastimo Lorient Mini production class and Pierre Le Roy and Cédric Faron in prototypes. Italy’s Matteo Sericano currently heads up the prototype ranking.

Previous winners include a raft of world class sailors such as Yannick Bestaven (2001), Armel Tripon (2003), Thomas Ruyant (2009) and Ian Lipinski (2015). The four have gone on to achieve great success in other international events such as the Vendée Globe and Transat Jacques Vabre.

Unlike other offshore classes, the emphasis is on the individual rather than a team approach. Boat preparation must only be carried out by the sailor and race rules eschew modern technology and the digital age as competitors are forced to rely on compasses and charts for navigation.

Jean Lorre, Mini class president, said: “Taking part in the class is often the first step of a professional career in ocean racing or for the confirmed amateur in search of a personal challenge and we are able to attract a diverse mix of fierce competitors from around the world.

“What binds us all together is the shared passion for intense racing, the technical or budgetary issues we face, doubts, moments of joy and sometimes deep loneliness. In the end, we just love the excitement and adventure the tightly knit Mini class community offers.”

The class is known for embodying the spirit of enjoyment, equality, togetherness and adventure and is a realistic option for those without the deep pockets required for the larger boat classes.

Involving over 300 international sailors, with the majority hailing from France, the class started life as a UK-based race in 1977 before moving to France four year later. Divided into two divisions – production and prototype – the 6.50 (21’5”) boats comprise the smallest offshore sailing class, catering for those looking to race approved design boats and ‘early adopters’ interested in testing out the latest advances in boat design and equipment.

The flagship event, a bi-annual Mini-Transat , will take place in September this year. With strict qualification guidelines, demand for one of the 84 places on offer remains high. Well over 120 applications have already been submitted.

The new 4,050 nm route will depart from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, to Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Canary Islands, restarting in late October as the boats race to the finish line in Saint-François, Guadeloupe.

Vendée Globe competitor Clarisse Crémer (2017), who in this year’s edition set a new time record for a female competitor, breaking Dame Ellen MacArthur’s 20-year old round-the-world race record, gained valuable experience taking part in the Mini-Transat.

“My participation in the Mini-Transat in 2017 was, for me, a revelation,” Cremer said. “It was one of the few memories at sea, on board where I didn’t even think about the finish line. I was just so happy to be at sea. I had stopped inquiring about the rankings.”

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Team 6-5 Mini Transat 6.5m

Our first design in this most challenging of classes.

Our 6.5m Classe Mini design for two experienced UK sailors was ahead of the curve when they were launched in 1998. Compared to the then predominant Finot designs numbers 241 and 242 took a number of important steps forward including wider more powerful aft sections and a swept spreader rig further aft for better offwind performance, all of which was reflected in their status as perhaps the quickest Mini’s offwind in a breeze. The main features reflect the development of the modern Proto Mini: the canting keel, twin daggerboards and rudders, 3 spreader swept rig, a compression vang. The excellent deck shape and layout refined by Team 6-5 iwas very successful, while the all-carbon engineering and structural arrangements saw them through a 10 knot collision with a containership and a 360 rollover in the Bay of Biscay without major damage.

After the success of the aggressively powerful Team 6-5 Minis in the breezy offwind conditions they were designed for, it became clear that a finer more all-around hullshape would be required to perform in the light upwind conditions which seemed to be predominating, for example in the second leg of the revised Mini Transat course to Brazil. By adding more rocker we could accommodate the larger displacement of a fully laden race-ready Mini better, and that hullform would give us more flexibility in fore-and-aft trim for different conditions.

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Sailing the Vector Mini 6.5

  • August 27th, 2023
  • Sailing Yacht

Today was a glorious day! One of those perfect Sundays you wish they´d never end. Why? Because I got to meet a great guy and sailor plus had the pleasure to take a dash out with him. In this you might think this isn´t something special, maybe, but in this case it was: My first time actually sailing in a Class Mini 650 racer and not with just any odd old Mini, but a brand new Vector 3 boat, one of the latest generation sporting a scow bow.

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I met Hendrik Decker some years ago as he worked for a commissioning partner for our company in the Northern part of Germany. I liked him at an instance: He is one of those guys you simply can´t imagine they´d ever have a bad day or they´d ever be in a bad mood. Hendrik has always the brightest of a smile in his face, polite, open and so cheerful that you have to be in a good mood as well when with him. If not for boatbuilding (he is a skilled boat builder craftsman working on his master workman certification) he surely would have a great career in modeling.

Meeting Hendrik aboard PLAYGIRL

I climb aboard his boat right after noon, warmly welcomed. His Mini is christened PLAYGIRL and this is such a great fitting name for his favorite toy! He leisurely sits on the cockpit flooring, fitting some ropes. The sails are already prepared and fitted to their halyards and sheets. Apart from two or three more details, we are ready to go.

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Putting my little backpack down below, I am again puzzled by the enormous volume the modern scow bow creates inside. Since the Mini is just 6.50 meters in length and has a width of 3 meters, the first generations of Mini, then predominantly pushed by Frenc boatbuilder Pogo, where fast planning flukes but cramped and dark oceangoing sheds. Not so the Vector Mini. I´d say her internal volume matches hat of my 8 meter First 27 SE, at least in the saloon.

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I wonder around on deck making myself familiar with the running rigging, the cockpit layout in particular and the basic stations where Hendrik later would be working the boat. Today, I decided, I would just be the guest taking pictures and asking questions, keen on witnessing a true solo racing sailor doing his work. Maybe I can learn something here today? No five minutes after my arrival he asks me to take in the bow lines – and off we go.

Casting off like back in sailing school

This, of course, happens with another surprise: PLAYGIRL does not have any propulsion system other than the wind. No engine. Not even a paddle. Hendrik smiles: It´s supposed to be a light racing boat, why waste precious kilograms for a heavy engine, fuel and spare parts?

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Wind forecast for this day was low: No 8 knots of true wind. A promise of a lush sailing day, no frenzy and no hustle. Casting off like in the old days in sailing school , where we all learned at some point to leave the pontoon slowly by hand and Jib. We are pushing PLAYGIRL out of her berth, slowly around the bollards. Hendrik jumps to the halyard and seconds later the Jib is hoisted, catches some wind and the boat springs to life.

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We leave the harbor into river Trave, just a quarter of a mile and we will be out in the open Baltic Sea. The mainsail is put onto the mast, again, just seconds later Hendrik has it hoisted, roughly trimmed and put to use. The boat even more speeds up: I´m always puzzled how easy and seemingly effortless light boats are pushed forward by even the slightest puff, something I absolutely loved about my GEKKO too.

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I am also excited to see how much less things you need to have fun sailing: There´s no engine humming, neither a combustion nor an electric motor is moving a propeller. There are no fancy laminate sails up in the sky. As the box rule of the Class Mini supposes every owner, this boat is equipped with simple, durable Dacron-sails. PLAYGIRL is a self-build. After receiving the hull, rigging and the keel, Hendrik fitted her himself sailing-ready. His budget have been approximately 100.000 Euros, which is reasonable and comparably low for a competitive racing boat.

The Vector Mini 650 – light & fast

After both sails are up, he trims the sheets and optimizes the mainsail with sheet and traveler . She instantly “gets up her arse” and picks up speed. Instantly, and I mean it, we enter planning mode. Which is fantastic: The wake is disconnected, we hear the soft and familiar “swoosh”-sound and glide over the water. He tells me that usually a boat speed of no more than 5 knots is needed to get her to planning mode. Amazing!

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In this, she is absolutely silent. Well, of course we have no significant waves today and with some 10 knots true the wind speed is not that high, but nevertheless, I somehow expected the scow bow to be … louder. I ask Hendrik but he shakes his head: In his opinion the scow bow is actually even less noisy than the predecessor Minis. And he must know it since he owned a Pogo 2 before he decided to switch to the latest production boat Mini with a scow bow.

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As we leave harbor and glide on a beam reach, the restless skipper is on his feet again and jumps to the bow. Of course the conditions today are screaming “Gennaker!” and this is totally why I was coming to visit him today. So let´s do it, let´s get out the big blister and see what this boat is capable of!

Time for the Crown Juwel: Gennaker-sailing!

The bowsprit system of the Vector Mini is simple and effective. Other than on my old First 27 SE the bowsprit is not extendable from the boat´s inside but swung out and fixed in position by a storng Dyneema bobstay and two supportling lines to either side. Setting up the bowsprit thus takes some more time than just pulling it out, but therefore I find that the fitting of the bowsprit looks at least much more rigid.

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The Gennaker on the Mini 650 is impressive: 80 square meters of Nylon. That is the same sail area I had on the First 27 SE/Seascape. Just that the Mini has a weight of just around 1.000 kilograms (for the famous Mini Transat the boats must weigh even less, 990 kilogram) That´s the same sails area for a significantly lighter boat. I am excited to see what happens when it is hoisted!

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Prepping the Gennaker to be hoisted is something every skipper has to practice, as I know by myself very well. Hendrik surely went through the same training, as he admits, with sandclocks and Gennaker dragging as a drift anchor. Connecting the sheets to the Gennaker, tack line and halyard takes two minutes at most. He bears away a bit and opens the main, then, beefy and fast, he pulls the halyard.

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The kite is up in a matter of seconds and I feel the all-too familiar feeling of speeding up. It´s a sensation that is only sensed with a Gennaker – almost no heel, top acceleration but literally no hustle, no sounds, no shocks. Just speed as it happens. I love it! And Hendrik apparently too, judging by his smile.

Flying under full Canvas

He left the Jib up, something I never tried on GEKKO. Wind speed has increased a bit more, with 12 to 15 knots now and the boat is sprinting down. There is literally no boat out today (and there is quite a fleet utilizing this wonderful Sunday for sailing here) that would be faster than us. What strikes me again (as a reminder of my time with GEKKO) was that all other people of the surrounding boats are happily waving and yelling their Ahoi as we dash by: Something you just get with a small, cute and fast boat.

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PLAYGIRL steadily sails through her natural element. As the Gennaker is trimmed and Hendrik cleared the lines a bit, we sit on the coamings next to each other and chat. The boat is doing a steady pace at 10 knots and we can sit down and have a nice little chat. “Couldn´t we just go on and sail to Denmark?”, Hendrik suggests. He is going to participate in famous Vegvisir Race next week and would love to utilize these favorable wind conditions to reach starting place in Nyborg.

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We chat a bit about single and double handed racing and his ambitions. As a keen sailor he had participated in quite some regattas, like the World Championships double handed: “But there´s nothing to write home about”, he says. Much better was his performance during Travemuende Week not so long ago: Second place in his class. That´s quite something!

By the book: Gybing with Gennaker

As we are speeding downwind and begin to put quite some distance between us and harbor, I fear that he really might sail on to Denmark. Time to lay in a course that would bring us back home, I think and ask: “How do you gybe with a Mini 650 in solo mode?” I do this because this was the most concern I had back in the day, not knowing if I would be able to control both sails in a maneuver. And here we have three sails to control.

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Hendrik smiles and agres: Let´s do it! I go down to the cabin because I knew that he´d need all the space of the cockpit to dance around and have the lines at hand fast. At first he puts the boat to a near running point of sail and sheets in the main. Then he backwinds the Jib, thus preparing it to be put to the new sheet at an instant.

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Not by autopilot, but by controlled pushes on the tiller he puts the stern through the wind, slowly at first, faster after the mainsail changed sides, the pulls the Gennaker sheet to get it to the new leeward side fast.

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The whole maneuver lasts less than a minute. An indicator for sailing skills. After the Gennaker is up on the new leeward side Hendrik releases the Jib sheet so that the last sail can change sides too and the maneuver is completed. Some more cranking on the winches and a minute after I wished to the the maneuver it is already executed.

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On the new bow we have a different angle hitting the ever building waves. Strangely enough weather forecast proofed again to be wrong today as the wind speed increases by the minute. With 15 knots and building, we speed up even more. There´s always a “chocolate bow”, we say in German, and its true for the Vector Mini as well. Today under these specific circumstances it clearly was the portside bow as the boat now has definitely much more rigid movement. I´m interested to check the data …

The speed potential of a Mini 6.50 Scow

We started today at some 10 knots TWS on a beam reach of which the boat utilized roughly 7.5 to 8.5 knots under standard sails. This is pretty impressive. After hoisting the Gennaker wind had picked up speeds to 12.5 knots of which PLAYGIRL was able to squeeze out 9.2 to 10.4 knots of boat speed.

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Right now with quite a nasty short and choppy wave pattern beginning to develop, the boat does an impressive 13.5 to 14 knots boatspeed in a 18 to 19 breeze. First boats around us are sailing reefed but Hendrik has no apparent motivation to take down the Gennaker. “It´s too much fun right now!“, he smiles brightly. I am really impressed by the performance of this scow bowed-hull!

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These boats are definitely not “beautiful”, at least not for me. I remember my excitement when I first saw the renderings of the then brand new Pogo 40 S4 from the side – a worthy successor to the very beautiful Pogo 40 S3, I thought. But then I saw the next rendering, the wide scow bow, like a duckbill. Just plain ugly. And I still cannot really appreciate any beauty in the scow design, I must admit. But what I can definitely appreciate is the power and the performance.

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There are some more new things incorporated into this Mini 650. Like the horizontal fins at the waterline on each rudder: These should improve a clean tear off of the water at the edge. Something I can remember was of importance to me on GEKKO as well . “I am not that crazy though”, Hendrik says: “There are Mini skippers who saw off the boom at the end and the ends of the screws inside to get off a few dozen grams from the boat´s weight …”

Gorgeous solo boat control

As wind picks up speeds even more and right from where we want to go dark clouds heavy from the rainwater they carry start to race toward us, we decide to go home. At this moment we have been out for some two hours right now and I´ve seen quite some impressive performance both by boat and by her skipper. “I am curious how you get down the Gennaker”, I tell Henrik, honestly eager to learn how about the code of conduct from a racing skipper.

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Taking down the Gennaker at full speed, at least for me, was among the most exciting maneuvers to be performed when single handedly sailing. I started to practice in low wind situations and had quite some awful runs, including wrapping my Gennaker around the keel, which is really not funny. Not unless I´ve watched some tutorials where I learned quite a nice step-by-step procedure which helped me to get a nearly 100 percent success rate in getting down the blister completely dry.

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Surprisingly enough Hendrik follows exactly the same steps: Letting out the halyard to be dragged through the water behind the boat (at our speed and wind speed with one turn over the winch to slow the Gennaker-fall even more). Then he lets loose the tack line and drags in the lower part of the Gennaker, only to open the clamp for the halyard and get down the larger rest of the big kite.

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It takes him roughly 30 seconds to get the pink blister down into the bag and below decks. It all looks so effortless and easy, watching him. Besides his work on the lines, with the sails and constantly checking his surroundings for other boats and his course, he always has a chat and a smile to drop on me. Amazing. “Now the fun part starts!”, I announce, knowing what will happen next pretty sure.

Pushing the Mini 6.50 scow-bow upwind

As weh ave dashed downwind for the most part of our little sailing session today, we now have to tack back all the way to Travemuende. Wind speed is now over 20 knots and the boat immediately heels like crazy as he pushes her upwind, sheets in the Jib and main and engages autopilot.

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The heeling exceeds 30, 40 degrees easy and as I counterbalance myself on the middle pedestal where the tiller is mounted, Hendrik stands upright onto what used to be the wall of the coamings. This is a heeling angle I would have never accepted in my boat (for the most part because of my kids or my girlfriend but he shows no intention to bear away a bit or at least ease the mainsail.

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The pressure on the rudders must be extreme: But the autopilot apparently has no problem in holding its due course. In this I understand that Hendrik, something new here, has his autopilot on steer-by-wind and not by steer-by-course mode. This is new to me. But because of the little weight oft he boat, even the slightest change in wind speed or direction is instantaneously translated into a hefty response, keeping a defined wind angle instead of a course seems rational.

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The boat gets a few impressive gusts making me climb even higher and literally sit on the hull, as Hendrik agrees and lets out the main sheet. But just a few centimeters, let´s say, 10 centimeters of line. That´s really enough to ease the main, take out some of the fiercest pressure and get her heeling down a bit. I find this highly interesting – how nimble and responsive this boat reacts, how much knowledge he must have: I would have opened up the main, or let go of the traveler. (I would have put in a reef or two, to be honest …)

Landing in style: Berthing with sails

In all this impressive upwind sailing, the scow boat hits some of the waves pretty hard. The all-too familiar rocking with occasional braking and taking away precious knots occurs. Much less than I had initially expected though. The boat still manages to keep a 6.5 to occasional 7 knots boatspeed which is not so bad for such a small boat indeed! Nevertheless, as we tack our way back to Travemuende harbour, a 40-feet(-ish) X-Yacht clearly can point 5, if not 8 or 10 degrees higher and comes up very fast. The two skippers know each other and so the pass-by is mutually arranged much more dramatic for the camera as one would do.

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Surprisingly enough, as we come nearer to the Trave estuary, wind eases again and fast goes down to 5 knots, lucky for us it´s a broad reach to PLAYGIRLS´s berth – remember? We have no engine. I cannot imagine doing this on a regular basis so used to an engine have I become. This is true pure sailing, relying on the wind, sometimes on the current of the river. Al last tack, a last puff and Hendrik takes down the sails.

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I offer him my paddles which I still have from GEKKO, but he smiles and thankfully declines: “It works perfect that way, I don´t need it” Pumping the rudders to squeeze out at least a bit of headway, the boat manages to hit the right entrance to the harbor bot we drift away from the bollards, which I tried to grab a hold onto. “No problem”, says Hendrik, pulls off his shoes and jumps to the submerged  breakwater wall of the opposite side of the basin: “I´ve done it a hundred times, it works …”

Someone´s getting ready for the Mini Transat …

Five minutes later we maneuvered PLAYGIRL back into her berth. It was such an awesome little dash out! As Hendrik is packing the sails and preparing the boat for the night, in a lower voice he admits that a small electric engine “wouldn´t be that bad, to be honest”. But those are expensive. And here´s the Catch 22: As admirably young and reckless as he is, facing the adventures of a solo skipper, as restricted he is budget-wise. Growing older, working our asses off to save some money to buy stuff makes us afford those things, but somehow, on the go, we loose this drive, this fearlessness and joy of tackling the unknown.

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We say Goodbye for today and thank Hendrik for this wonderful sailing day with PLAYGIRL. I learned a lot about Mini 650-handling and calm, confident boat control. Watching Hendrik working the sheets, trimming the sails and managing the boat solo made me gain self confidence as I think I had it done in a similar way myself. “Not bad, old boy”, I think. Thanks, Hendrik, always a pleasure! I wish you and PLAYGIRL a wonderful Vegvisir race, fair winds and be safe!

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Taking about racing: Henrik´s dream remains the participation in the Mini Transat 2025 and I am sure that this determined young master will make his way to the pontoons of Les Sables. In this, if you seek somebody you can push by a sponsorship or donation – and even if it is “just” a Torqeedo electric engine, this would make a great difference. The same way Hendrik´s bright smile makes me happy, it will certainly be a reward for any person deciding to help him achieve his goal.

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M 65: A “Mini” Review

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The M 65 is the first production Classe Mini 6.5 (or Mini Transat boat as the class is commonly known) to be built in America. Under class rules, production Minis are less complex than their custom cousins and are not permitted canting keels or water ballast. This two-tier class arrangement allows newcomers to cut their teeth on these specialized and demanding boats at a lower level in both cost and competition.

Because it won’t be able to take part in its true métier until the Classe Mini movement takes hold on this side of the Atlantic, the M 65 needs to have a broader appeal. To that end, Jeffrey Dingle, who founded The Mini Store to promote the class in America, specified that Owen Clarke Design provide the M 65 with a lifting keel, to simplify trailering, and other features to make it more appealing as a sporty pocket cruiser.

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POGO 2 - WORLD-CLASS DESIGN FOR SOLO OCEAN SAILING

The Best Mini Transat 6.50 yacht design -- EVER!! The Pogo 2 is the most successful Mini Transat design, winning the series title for half of the last 10 Mini Transats.

Pogo Structures have a history of designing the best ocean-worthy race machines tailored for short-handed sailors. This Mini #839 was built by Open Sailing with the Pogo 2 design, bringing this elite French concept to the US market.

Atlantic and Pacific Ocean approved! Mini #839 is capable of solo Transat and TransPac races. Advanced NKE autopilot and weather instruments make solo sailing a breeze.

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Mini 6.5 Sailboat. Full carbon, mass, boom, bowsprit, shipyard build in 2006. All class sails in very good condition. Canting keel. PROTO class. Very good to excellent condition. Full color NKE instrument setup, AIS E-foy, watt and sea generator.

  • 1 x nke Multigraphic display
  • 1 x nke Gyrographic display
  • 1 x nke Ultrasonic speed sensor
  • 1 x nke Depth sensor
  • 1 x nke Log / Sounder Interface
  • 1 x nke Fluxgate compass
  • 1 x nke masthead unit
  • 1 x nke Gyropilot Processor 2 autopilot
  • 1 x nke rudder angle sensor
  • 1 x nke true wind option (for the autopilot to steer to the true wind angle).
  • 1 x nke hydraulic drive unit. NKE hydraulic drives are built by Lecomb & Schmitt in France.

Registered ready to sail. Located in Brooklyn, NY.

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Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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From the passion of water and speed, Giovanni Cima began his production of motor boats for offshore and pleasure in Gravedona, located on the western shore of Como Lake .

The passion for boating remained in the family and the baton passed to Iris who maintained the desire for speed by changing its propulsion.

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Born in 1974. Iris Cima , passionate about sailing, windsurfing and racing boats, dedicates himself to the restoration of his old pleasure boat, modifying almost all of its structure. With that boat he will win the Cetacean regatta “Whale route” in 2010, and subsequently with other boats he will participate in several editions of the “151 Miglia”, “Roma per Tutti”, “Elbable”, etc ..

Thus was born the desire to have a small but limitless boat , safe even in extreme conditions, and hence the idea of ​​building a Mini 650, which will later take the name of “Wevo 6.5” (Mini Class) starting from the project up to the realization paying particular attention to every construction detail and the materials to be used.

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The Arkema 3 Mini 6.50 prototype, an expression of innovation

With its Mini 6.50 monohull, Arkema is forging ahead into sailing with renewed energy. This prototype with an innovative design takes up a major challenge: the construction of a boat that is recyclable thanks to Arkema’s latest generation materials.

A floating laboratory teeming with innovations

Building on their experience with the Multi50 trimaran, Arkema and Team Lalou Multi have designed a resolutely high-tech Mini 6.50 class prototype. Those products with a proven track record on the  trimaran have been retained, in particular the methacrylate structural adhesives.

A new product has also stepped on board, the  Elium ® recyclable resin. Fresh out of Arkema’s laboratories, it had never been used in this type of manufacture. This full-scale test has enabled the Group to save months of development.

The building of this boat was planned from the outset as a genuine research project .

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The hull and the bridge of this 6.5 m boat are made entirely from recyclable thermoplastic composite , thanks to the  Elium ® resin, infused with carbon fiber . This liquid acrylic resin is processed in the same way as the resins traditionally used in boat building, and features all their mechanical properties, but is recyclable unlike those resins.

The building of this boat was planned from the outset as a genuine research project. The Elium ® resin, for example, fresh out of Arkema’s laboratories, had never been used in this type of manufacture. This full-scale test has enabled the Group to save months of development.

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