This is an text that appeared on the now dissapeared RYA solo website.
I think i reckon the words of Ian (team 650) in this text.
It is interesting so I decided to place it here in total.
Written in 2000, copyright RYASOLO, but some edeting by me;
Classe Mini Open Prototype
Twenty-one foot turbo-charged Transat 'Skiff' Racing
Entry level Open Class Campaigning and closely fought One-design extreme offshore racing not for the feint-hearted!
- Prototypes simple 'box rule' chance to innovate
14m mast tip to keel base; 3m max beam; 6.5m max length
Requires serious commitment and from around £30k for first season
- Production Class luxury by comparison -yard built serie production, different types involved but serious .Lower cost but still very competitive
Requires dedication and from around £20k for first season.
- French based racing
Ability to speak French a great benefit really serious? Then a must!
Beauty of the Mini is that all skippers are considered equal whatever your level of funding and ability all are welcomed as champions.
- Try before you buy not everyone enjoys it!
If you like life in a cupboard when dry rarely
Enjoy life in a washing machine most of the time?
You might like Mini sailing do not commit money before you are sure it is not everyone's idea of a good time!
- Learn how to present to and offer value for money to sponsors
Some can do it themselves but most need the help and support of a Team.
Make sure your friends and family understand what you are trying to do.
- Be in no doubt Mini Boats Still Need Maximum Commitment
This needs professional level attitude to come close to success.
Be realistic about your level all levels are valid.
- It is tough tougher than any domestic 'Club' style racing
Be in absolutely no doubt this is a dangerous and serious sport