The Mini Transat is the most extreme single handed race. It is the longest transatlantic race of its kind. The boats, while powerful and fast, are only 21 feet (6.5 meters) long, and sailors cannot use computer navigation or any outside assistance.
The 4000 mile biannual race starts in Douarnenez, France. After a brief stopover in the Canary Islands, sailors continue on to Pointe á Pitre in Guadeloupe. The race is a true test for the best sailors as its route coveres difficult and diverse weather conditions. Additional challenges come from physical and mental exhaustion. Skippers must work around the clock, sleeping for only 10 to 20 minutes at a time, to ensure the boats peak preformance.
The Mini Transat Race is the breeding ground for the world's top short handed sailors, including Michel Desjoyeaux, two time winner of the Vendee Globe, and Dame Ellen MacAurthur, 2nd place finisher in the Vendee Globe.
Jeffrey is excited to combine his seamanship and navigational abilities, along with his trim and driving stills to tackle the challange of the 2013 Mini Transat Race.