The Mini Transat 650 is a solo transatlantic sailing race in  6.5m high-performance sailing boats. The race was conceived by Englishman Bob Salmon as a cost-effective alternative to the OSTAR, which kept seeing bigger (and more expensive) boats at the start. Today the Mini Transat 650 brings the largest fleet of short-handed offshore racing yachts to the start line. It is held every two years with the next race starting in 2013.

In 2011 the race started in La Rochelle, France and finished in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. For the 2013 and 2015 editions the race will go from Douarnenez, France to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean with a stopover in the Canary Islands. Rules state that there are no on board computers, including mapping GPS and all weather information is given to the fleet over VHF radio.  The boats have no luxuries whatsoever; no toilet, no bunk, no galley! With no communication with the outside world and no crewmates to talk to, the mental challanges are as tough as the physical ones. It is reasons like these that make the Mini Transat the ultimate test of a sailor, which is why I want to race it!