During my Mini Transat project 2016/2017 on the Mini No. 732, I gained a lot of experience in the Classe Mini and learned a lot on my Pogo 2. The learning curve was extremely steep: In 2016, it was first about getting to know the boat and solo sailing, sailing the races of the season to the end and qualifying myself above all for the Mini Transat. After moving to La Rochelle, with the interruption of my medical studies and with the intensive preparation in a training group, it was then time to make the boat fast in 2017. It went a little better with every regatta, whether one-handed or two-handed, and on the second stage of the Mini Transat I really had the feeling that I could now push its limits with my boat. And also to mine.
Since March 2016, I have sailed more than 10,000 nautical miles alone and in pairs on my Mini 732. This is exactly where I would like to pick up again: I would like to further expand what I have learned, apply it on a new and competitive boat and tackle the “Mini Transat adventure” again. While I managed to finish the regatta as the first German woman at my Mini Transat 2017 and the focus was on arriving, I would like to ride far ahead on a series boat of the latest generation in 2021.
With alnamic AG, I was now able to win a sponsor already known from the last project as the main sponsor. The IT specialists from Neuss made it possible for me to buy a shipyard-new Wevo 6.5 from Cima Boats in Italy in spring 2019. After intensive months of preparation, I was able to baptize my mini with the number 982 under the name WHOMPER as part of Travemünde Week. Until spring 2020, there were several regattas and many training days on the Baltic Sea.
In spring 2020, my mini was refolated: “Green becomes orange” was the motto. Alnamic AG from Neuss, my main sponsor since 2017, has been integrated into Avanade Deutschland GmbH, the leading digital innovator in the Microsoft ecosystem. Since then, it has continued with a larger and international partner.
After many training days and some regattas on the Baltic Sea, I was able to successfully qualify for the Mini Transat 2021 by participating in the 1500sm solo regatta SAS en Baie de Morlaix in the summer of 2020. Until the start of the Mini Transat on the 26th. September 2021, five more preparatory regattas on the Atlantic are now due. I am currently training at the Lorient Grand Large training center in Brittany and am thus preparing intensively for the season.
Until the start of the Mini Transat, I have another goal this time:
Together with DKMS, I would like to draw attention to the fight against blood cancer and encourage at least 982 people to register as a potential stem cell donor at DKMS up to the Mini Transat analogous to my boat number. Take a look here for more information and join in: www.dkms.de/lina
If you are also interested in participating as a supporter on the way to Mini Transat 2021, please feel free to contact me!