This is a race sailed every two year, the odd years. So the next one is in 2007. The time between two races is just enough to prepare a campaign.
As the name indicates is it a race across the Atlantic ocean. With a stop in the Canaries, Madeira or the Azores. The exact stop depends on the possibilities of the organization. The total distance covered is in the order of 4000 miles. The 2005 Route can be found here.
Before the Transat there are a couple of major races out of France, they are used as qualification races. And in the even years a couple of races are organized. So there is always action... the qualification process is the most strict in the long distance race circuit.
HOW DOES THE CLASS MINI ORGANIZE THIS RACE;
How does the sailors looks like ?
2-older sailors- more of an interruption of the normal live to do an adventure, and they will get one :), normally a bit wealthier then the youngsters. They sleep in hotels, and look shaven often with kids....
Or they are a combination ;)
One point, sometimes there are stories off well paid sailors, I have never spoken to one, but maybe a few have been there. Even with good sponorship, most goes to the boat :)