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Mini 6.50

Mini 6.50

8 Episodes

For its intended use, racing across the Atlantic Ocean, the Mini 6.50 is very short and beamy, being nearly half as wide as it is long. Its width carries to the stern, providing sufficient stability that the boats can plane as a fast motorboat does: Minis are capable of sailing as fast as 25 knots. They typically have two connected rudders and a narrow steel or iron fin keel with a lead bulb at the end, with a mast height typically twice the Mini’s length. They also have a retractable bowsprit that extends a spinnaker-genoa “kite” two or more meters beyond the bow. Minis must be self-righting when capsized, and this is tested by pushing the end of the mast under water with the vessel’s hatches open; this design avoids the possibility of turtling.

There are two divisions: production and prototype. Production boats use approved designs and comparatively conservative materials. The prototype division is more liberal with respect to dimensions, such as keel depth and mast height, and it allows for advanced technology such as “canting” keels and carbon-fibre masts. The prototype class is approximately 7% faster.

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Mini 6.50
  • Ocean Adventures - Living Aboard

    Episode 1

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: Living Abroad. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - Race Preparation

    Episode 2

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: Race Preparation. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - DC Shipyard

    Episode 3

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: DC Shipyard. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - Stop at Funchal

    Episode 4

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: Stop at Funchal. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - Lobatos Course

    Episode 5

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: Lobatos Course. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - Other Mini Transat Competitors

    Episode 6

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: Other Mini Transat Competitors. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - Francisco Lobato Offshore Sailor Movie

    Episode 7

    Ocean Adventures - Movie. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha

  • Ocean Adventures - Making The Film - Bloopers

    Episode 8

    Ocean Adventures - Documentary Series: Making The Film - Bloopers. Francisco Lobato's epic winning 2009 Mini Transat campaign.

    Video Producer: Francisco Lobato/ Francisco Lufinha