Michał Weselak-Dossiere

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Regatta Mini Transat

Over 40 years ago, on October 8, 1977, the first Mini Transats took place. At the invitation of Briton Bob Salmon, there were twenty-four solitary sailors on the yachts with a maximum length of 6.5 metres. The route led from the English port of Panzance through the Canary Islands to the other side of the ocean to the Antigua, one of the most important races in world sailing history.  From that moment on, every odd year, sailors meet on one of the world's largest racetracks. In the first edition of the regatta took part of the outstanding Polish Sailor Kuba Jaworski earning 2nd place on a yacht spaniel.

Maximum Yacht dimensions (box rule) 6.5 X 3 x 14 meters have been dictated by the trend of building ever longer machines Racers. The advantage of Zyskiwali sailors with large budgets who built More and more yachts. Such a situation already at the start gave them an advantage and did not It allowed for effective competition, equally brave sailors with smaller Budgets.

Over the years, the ports of start and destination In 1985 year, Bob Salmon donated to the French Which resulted in the transfer of the start to Brest. Starting this year, every It takes place from the Gulf of Biscay from finish across the ocean to the islands Caribbean or even Brazil. The leaders of the event are the French sailors.

After long years of break there were Polish Accents, start Jarka Kaczorowskiego in 2009 year on yacht ALIANZ. Third The pole in the Mini Transat was Radek Kowalczyk, who competed twice
On yacht CALBUD in 2011 and 2015 years. Radek his Hart spirit and stubbornly obtained
Indestructible from the organizers.

Mini Transat is an experimental training ground for Designers, it is here testing more and more recent solutions To achieve higher speeds. Such The solutions are then implemented to larger racers yachts, eg. IMOCA, CLASS 40, V65 and tourist yachts.

Mini Transat is also a forge of talent and a trampoline for nautical career. Many sailors indent their way to the Mini Transat to go smoothly on larger yachts and take part in regattas such as VOR, BOC, VG. On many units we can find the tag "Born in Classe Mini", which is a great recommendation of their helmsmen

Mini Transat 2019

The Start of this year's 22nd edition of Mini Transat Regatta is scheduled for September 22nd. The first step is about 1350 nm. And leads from the world sailing capital, the French port of La Rochelle, to Las Palmas at the Grand Canari (Canary Islands). The second stage is 3050 nm sailing from finish in Le Marin, Martinique.

The organizers predicted 84 places waiting On the players who passed the murderer qualification. To get to one of Must swim at a minimum of 1000 nm in class Regata and the second 1000 nm in one single cruise on your yacht. On average, one place There are two players. 

In addition, the sailor must undergo a series of training Safety – Medical and rescue, and checking the scope of Navigation. And all of these skills grind in shorter but equally Difficult qualifying races.

Mini Transat is a huge challenge, largely due to the size of the yacht. On board only 6.5 meters yacht, the sailor has at his disposal about 1.5 m2 of living space, the rest of the place occupying sails and wrestling. The yacht is immensely przeżaglowany, making it very prone to weather conditions. The spirit of the class continues to surfs on every deck: there is no contact with the mainland – no satellite phones, navigation is done classically on paper maps, no access to current weather forecasts, no tactical support and Mental. This combined with 4000 miles of lonely inland plasuję race, as one of the toughest in the world. This is why the organisers impose such high safety requirements on the

Yacht Mini 6.50

Invariably Since 1977, there have been unimaginable technical novelties that have been They are eager to check out the Mini class sailors. At a time when apparently nothing can be Streamlined to optimize a yacht someone else is implementing a revolutionary idea, and this History is happening in our eyes. New types and typefaces, tilting Kile, Dual rudders, bow and stern, new materials used for construction Hull, rotating masts. All
This has shown that the Mini class is versatile and has become a proving Experimental all new technologies and designers ' ideas. Of course, there are voices of criticism about the risky overcoming Atlantic Small yacht, however, the truth is that class yachts
It is the safest units in the world. One example might be that The class requires holding floatation tank tanks larger than the weight of the yacht, What provides buoyancy
After complete flooding. This equipment must be equipped with a life-raft, Thermal, full radar equipment: EPIRB, AIS, PLB, MOB.

Hugely przeżaglowane yachts, which can carry nearly 130 m2 of sail in one time, ensure very fast movement and require the skipper to have a great skill and control. The yacht does not provide any household comfort, there is no toilet, no galley, hot water or heating

Ocean 650

The yacht is based on the latest available technology and materials, and is made entirely of carbon fibers based on epoxy resins. It has a tilting keel, asymmetrical swords, two rudders and a huge gennaker for putting additional sails. This combination of very low weight and the possibility of simultaneous lifting of up to 132 m2 of sail translates into a very fast sliding unit.

"My Mini is one of the most technologically advanced yachts, according to the regulations of the PROTO-class category. The latest project came out of the hands of French designer Bertrand Etienna. A man who has over 20 years of professional design racing yachts. Etienne is also a Mini-class fighter with over 20 000 miles of experience. His ships are always going ahead. "


  • Length: 6.50 m
  • Width: 3.00 m
  • Depth: 2.00 m
  • Gennaker: 3.70 m
  • Mast Height: 12.00 m


  • Hull: 210 kg.
  • Hinged keel: 300 kg.
  • Equipment: 150 kg.


  • Seals: 17.5 m2
  • Storm seals: 4.5 m2
  • Blade: 28.5 m2
  • Code 0:25 m2
  • Code 0max: 48 m2
  • Code 5:43 m2
  • A2:85 m2
  • A3:64 m2

"It's a yacht I can race with the fastest, it's a yacht I can truly fight with."

Michał Weselak – Sailor

Young, ambitious Polish sailor born. April 28, 1987 year in Gdańsk. With the city connected from the beginning. SURFs from 2012 years, initially as a sailing instructor and youth educator on Żaglowcach and smaller yachts in Gdańsk and Pomeranian maritime education programs for children and adolescents. From 2014 years surfs alone or in a double crew in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

Graduate of the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk, which is connected with the seamanship environment as a specialist in Sails and the measuring yachts of the class converter ORC.

"Finally it is time to present my project more broadly… My schedule for the Mini Transat to take off from the end of 2014 years. It was then that I obtained a training yacht class Mini 6.50 (790-yacht, where Radek Kowalczyk completed the qualifiers and Regatta Mini Transat in 2011), where practiced and Żeglowałem in the regatta in the Baltic Sea for 2 seasons. It gave me more than 3000 miles of experience. I learned to operate this type of yacht, honed the skills of trim sails and sailing alone and logistic service of such a project. "

Last three years Michal devoted to Technical and substantive preparation for take-off in qualification regattas and Mini Transat 2019. It is a mozolny and long-term process of exploring the yacht, Its handling on water and land as well as continuous tuning of equipment to To achieve higher speeds. The work when preparing the yacht is due to The intricate class regulations, which put safety in the first place Sailor.

"Today I can say that I am ready to take on one of the newe
st and fastest yachts in the Mini fleet. I can prepare a yacht for racing, perfectly trymować sails, which I did and, rig and installation. I know my yacht as my own pocket and I can work with it so we are able to drive as soon as possible. "

The 2019 season calendar is filled to the brim and training. Michał has planned an ambitious number of starts in regattas, To gain valuable experience and get the qualification of the big race.

"My total focus on the start in the Mini Transat is built up by training and starting in many regattas. I plan to make the most of the 2019 season in order to train as much as possible and race against the top players of the Mini class. "

Radek Kowalczyk – Mentor and coach

Michał began his way in the Mini class by establishing cooperation with Radkiem Kowalczyk. The most experienced Mini-class sailor in Poland. The third pole in Cuba Jaworski – 1977 Spaniel and Jarku Kaczorowskim – 2009 ALIANZ, who on yacht CALBUD completed this deadly race.

Radek Kowalczyk-www.radek-kowalczyk.com/

"The hard part was that you can't talk with anyone. There are no weather forecasts. With every failure you have to handle yourself, it is remote only on yourself. is not easy. "

Radek after more than 40 days of the ocean and the series of major accidents with which he had been baptized By the organizers of the regatta dubbed "Indestructible" or indestructible.

"The life on such a yacht is like sitting 40 days under the table. One and a half meters wide, meter long, thirty feet above the head. Boiling water on a wave and not spilling it is such a feat that even if the food tastes like sawdust, you eat it so that you do not boil the water again. This changes the perspective with which you look at everyday life. In my opinion, for the better. "

Cooperation with Radkiem Kowalczyk LED To the conscious sailing to the Mini. Thanks to its contribution, we can To cheer Michael in the 2019 season in most Mini class regattas.

"Our cooperation with RADKIEM is fruitful, of course, when two strong characters come to a storm, but this is just a brainstorming that has so far been" doing the job "and helped me in life on the Mini. Undoubtedly, Radek is the father of our mutual success, it owes him so big sailing and personal development. "

Radek and Michael have chosen a regatta where the rules allow you to sail in a double crew. This solution allows you to intensify your training and achieve better results.

Michał Weselak-Dossiere

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