While the Mini Transats are purpose-built boats, they are relatively fragile boats from what I've seen. Jesse Rowse, used to keep his Mini, Reality—USA 176, up in Boston Harbor, and was fairly paranoid about any possible damage to the boat. Many race boats are actually more lightly constructed than cruising boats of the same size. It might also be worth remembering how many of the Volvo Ocean Race and Open 60 boats had serious structural and mechanical problems, including the sinking of Hugo Boss.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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