Of course Manuard started racing and doing his own boats when he was younger an racing in the Minis. He got several overall victories and some leg victories. The minis, has David Raison and its bath tub showed, are just an incredible place were young sailors and designers can prove their tallent.
One of the biggest innovations on the next mini-transat is going to be a boat built by Isotop with the DSS system. The boat is designed by Hugh Welbourn, the designer that created that system and it will be a revolution as big as the bow tube....providing it works
The boat with the help of a lateral foil, perpendicular to the boat will generate more dynamic stability and generating RM that way they don't need so much hull stability and the boat would be a lot less beamy than the other Minis with a much smaller wet surface (11m2 to 7m2) and that has obviously advantages.
I talked already about the DSS experiences and about the boats designed by Hugh but I cannot get any images on internet of that mini design. If someone can please post them. While we wait, some other designs with the DSS system:
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DSS - Dynamic Stability Systems - the revolutionary retractable foil keel technology for monohull yachts and boats