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Paul Pless
01-26-2018, 06:46 AM
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Ian McColgin
01-26-2018, 12:32 PM
I don't know if they are still doing it but those sailing mad French even have pro sailor events in these (I call them) Mini 12's held indoors. The stadium is turned into a pool and wind is supplied by large fans. Imagine the business of maybe 100 meter upwind then 100 m down for a bunch of laps.

In the early eighties my first liveaboard summer I was moored in West Bay, Osterville. An older couple had a pair of these at their dock and got out almost every evening for some spirited match racing. A great way to solve tactical arguments between sailing couples!

The guy in No Crew No Cry has a nice lead there.

They are a gas to sail.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-26-2018, 12:39 PM
International 2.4 ?

ron ll
01-26-2018, 12:46 PM
Years ago a place in Friday Harbor rented mini 12s. A friend and I rented a couple and it was an incredibly fun couple of hours. Both of us long threatened to buy one but the practicality of keeping and launching a deep keel boat of that size killed it.

Todd Bradshaw
01-26-2018, 01:04 PM
Those would appear to be 2.4meters, which are a bit larger than the mini twelves (Illusion 12, Mini-Zwolfer, Mini-Meter, Defender 12, etc.). I loved my Illusion and it was a blast to sail, but a pain to launch. I'd put just enough ballast in to keep it upright (about 100 lbs.), unhook the trailer and belay it off the trailer hitch with a rope until the trailer disappeared underwater. You just had to hope the ramp was long enough that you could float the boat off before the trailer ran off and dropped into the muck. Once off the trailer, I'd pull it up to the dock and load in the other 175 pounds of lead shot bags. It's just too bad that they hadn't invented the GoPro cameras yet, because I'd have some great video.

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Todd Bradshaw
01-26-2018, 06:46 PM
Of course, there are always those who push their luck......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxV4698DVdw


This one is kind of cool - and a lot easier to launch.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3QE01xWrAQ

CWSmith
01-26-2018, 07:41 PM
In the early eighties my first liveaboard summer I was moored in West Bay, Osterville. An older couple had a pair of these at their dock and got out almost every evening for some spirited match racing. A great way to solve tactical arguments between sailing couples!


I've never understood the appeal of these things until you said this. I really do like the idea!