It most definitely can be done in a turbo season, if it wasn't for a rig issue in the second leg of the mini en mai in my first season I would have made my miles. It is just harder and pretty much everything has to go right. It's also easier to do a turbo season in a proto, because theres usually not a waiting list so you can qualify later, if you're a series mini you really want early miles to qualify earlier, as the sooner your qualify the higher up the list you are (and theres always a waiting list).As for those who say it cannot be done, I know in 2009 a US sailor took delivery of his boat in France in March, got the qualifications done and did the TransAt that year, so it can be done. Or could be done in the before times
Jackie,Long time lurker first time poster @JonRowe and @M26 I am NA based and have become super keen on the Mini series. Toying with schedules and funding it is really tricky to do on a shoestring budget. I am in for a turbo season 2023 and hoping to get some lots of miles in 2022, along side continuing to work a bit, and lots of advice before that. If anyone knows of a Series Mini for sale in NA please let me know! Also if anyone has some experience fundraising for these Mini campaigns on the wrong side of the pond I would be forever greatful to recieve some tips on approaches and ROI spins for corporate sponsors.
Ah I wish I had that kind of funding, or the legs to attract some sponsors and live there for two seasons. If I went there now I'd be sleeping on a bench and not even have a sial bag to keep me warm. Turbskies is the only way forward for this pirate. Day job paying for a boat kinda scene over here. A couple o' folks in this MT have been able to rent boats to get things moving. So if theres anyone out there in NA with a Mini just sitting around ... please message meJackie,
my goal was never the MT, but I'm aiming for the SAS which would be the peak of my mini adventure, if that ever happens.
Regarding you plan for 2023... If you go for it, you should have a boat and move to France next year and spend the two seasons left to MT23 sailing the mini circuit.
The amount of knowledge you need to harvest is enormous with these machines and being alone in the proces does not make you any favours and neither does the tight budget
Pogo II is the ticket. Let me know if you want to send her to a new home. Currently chasing down rumours that there are 2 on Lake Ontario somewhere. Ive been trying to track down Diane Reids. She sold it to a gent in Bronte Harbour and it has since moved on from there. Myth has it it was spotted at Port Credic YC in 2018 but they have no memory of it.I've got a POGO II I'm thinking about listing. It has made three solo trips to Bermuda, with double handed return. The Pogo II's are super solid and crazy fast when dialed in.
But you've got to get started yesterday for the MT2023. Sure, it can be done on a turbo season, but not on a shoestring budget. The better option is to get a Series boat and rack up three or four thousand miles over the next year. A serious race prep plan will get you on the line in 2023.