I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in Lorient recently supporting The Magenta Project Figaro Clinic for upcoming/budding short handed and offshore sailors. Great group of motivated women from diverse sailing backgrounds and not just French, but British and American too.
Now, back to the case in hand...Minis, as I'm sure you're aware, Lorient 'La Base' is one of the Breton hotbeds for offshore short/single handed sailing and the hardware on display was simply awesome, Minis to Ultimes.
There were 10 minis in the water who sailed on the Saturday in what looked to be a on water coaching clinic, most sailed 2 up and a wide variation in designs and generations, including a couple of production Scow Bows.
They beat out of the harbour into Quiberon Bay, plenty of short taking up the beach, the Scow Bows went to weather pretty nicely in a short chop once heeled in the 17-23kt breeze, but it was obvious of their tendency to slap when flatter. The older regular designs were pretty fast too. Just so cool to see so many together, there was a parking lot with 15 minis that ranged from mid 200 Bow Numbers to upper 900 Bow Numbers. A fair few scowbow boats, but all Production (Maxi 650) as far as I could see.
Will try to get some photos uploaded here. The above is I guess just an anecdote to the thread without offering anything new.