Racing: Plywood Ships, Iron Sailors

Author:
Publish date:
Class_Mini_580

First, there was the retro, solo Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR)—a tribute event held in honor of the legendary 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race and set to repeat in 2022.

Next came the fully-crewed Ocean Globe Race, celebrating “the spirit of the original 1973 Whitbread” and set to jump off in 2023.

Now, veteran sailor and adventurer Don McIntyre is launching something completely different—a solo, round-the-world event to be held aboard a new class of 19ft one-designs, known as Mini 5.80s.

Dubbed the Mini Globe Race 2024, the event will consist of six legs, starting in Europe and passing through the Panama Canal, with stops in such locales as the Canary Island, the Marquesas and Cape Town, South Africa. As for the boats, not only will they be constructed in plywood, but you can, according to McIntyre and design, Janusz Maderski, build them yourself with “simple tools and no previous experience.”

At press time, hulls #1 and #2 were under construction in Europe, with hull #1 earmarked for McIntyre’s own use. Plans for the boat, which can be either towed or shipped in a 20ft container, were scheduled to be released to the public sometime this month. According to McIntyre, the new boat is designed serve as a “simple, strong, safe and affordable oceangoing mini-racer, that anyone can build.” A 2021 transatlantic race is also in the works.

“We are surprised and excited at the level of interest and passion expressed for this little plywood Mini-Mini,” said McIntyre at the boat’s unveiling in March. “We have schools talking about building fleets, friends getting together to build two or three side by side and yacht clubs wanting to know more.”

For the record, we at SAIL can’t wait to (hopefully) see a fleet of these great little boat’s lining up to take a lap four years from now. As with the GGR, McIntyre just might be onto something with his latest take on affordable adventure sailing. For more on McIntyre’s plans, visit classglobe580.com.  

June 2020

Related

01-LEAD-Vento-Solare-action-(1mb)_Stephen-Cloutier

Ida Lewis Distance Race 2021

This year’s annual Ida Lewis Distance Race on Narragansett Bay will offer something for everyone. In addition to ORC and PHRF, there will be sections for doublehanded, youth and collegiate racing. Racers will also have a choice between the event’s traditional offshore distance ...read more

01-LEAD-Lag01-oon-620---Raiatea---French-Polynesia-(12)

Internships: Run Away to Sea

Not the office type? College isn’t an option, or your degree in philosophy isn’t panning out? If a job in the marine trades sounds like your dream career but you don’t know where to start, here are three places to both get some good training and a foot in the door. Dream Yacht ...read more

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 9.58.55 AM

Summer Sailstice Turns 21

Summer Sailstice’s will celebrate its 21st birthday this year. This annual worldwide celebration of sailing occurs on the weekend closest to the solstice, landing on June 19th this year. Over the past two decades, the event has grown to include nearly 5,000 boats and 19,000 ...read more

e60aa842-1c3c-41da-b0ba-dfd7678479e4

The New York Yacht Club Submits a Protocol Alteration with its America’s Cup Challenge

The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) has submitted a challenge for the 37th America’s Cup to the current Defender, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) in Auckland, New Zealand. The challenge was accompanied by a draft protocol for the regatta, which would see the Cup take ...read more

01-LEAD-CCA-Antarctica2-01

Cruising: Honoring Remarkable Ocean Voyages and Seamanship

The Cruising Club of America, an organization of about 1,300 offshore sailors, has been honoring remarkable ocean voyages and seamanship with an array of prestigious awards for nearly 100 years. The club’s highest honor, the Blue Water Medal, has recognized renowned and ...read more

2.4mR's racing at the 2018 Clagett Regatta-US Para Sailing Championships credit Clagett Regatta-Andes Visual

Host for 2021 U.S. Para Sailing Championships Announced

The 2021 U.S. Para Sailing Championships will be hosted by The Clagett Regatta at Sail Newport, in Newport, R.I. on August, 24-29, 2021, according to a joint announcement from the host and US Sailing. "We have had a very long working relationship with US Sailing and look forward ...read more

Reflections-photo-CMerwarth

Cruising: Reflections of an Old Salt

I am 90 years old, dwindling in mind and body and fear living too long. Twenty years have passed since I last weighed anchor. Still, when a Carolina blue sky is polka-dotted with billowing cumulus clouds and the wind blows fair, I sorely miss raising sail and setting forth. I ...read more

DSC_0145

Waterlines: Solo Sailing

In spite of the fact I came to the sport of sailing alone and untutored, in a boat I acquired on my own, I never really aspired to become a solo sailor. It just sort of happened. All these years later, I still never explicitly plan to sail anywhere alone. I’m always happy to ...read more