Don McIntyre reveals round-the-world race for home builders

Latest news from round-the-world impresario Don McIntyre includes plans for another globe-girdling race – and plans for the boat you can enter it with.

The ClassMini 5.80 is a plywood construction ocean-going yacht aimed at adventurous home builders. Plans for the boat cost $300, and it has been designed to fit in a 20ft shipping container for transporting to international events, or to be taken home by trailer behind an ordinary family car.

McIntyre, who successfully organised the 2018/19 single-handed Golden Globe Race and is also staging the crewed Ocean Globe Race in 2023, says the idea for the new venture was formed while sailing a 25ft wooden boat across the Pacific in 2010.

“I love small boats for their simplicity and pure adventure and building this 5.80 with sustainable plantation plywood is about as low impact as you can get,” he says. “I have no idea if sailors will get excited about this new development, but I certainly am. We hope to see boats building all over the world and if that happens, we will support National Associations and local races. It’s not foiling, nor carbon and we’re ok with that.”

The first of the new boats is being constructed in Poland, and McIntyre aims to sail it himself in a new class Transat race in 2021, with a round-the-world Mini Globe race planned for 2024.

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