Build your own Mini and race around the world, or the bay!

McIntyre Adventure, organiser of the solo 2018 and the fully crewed 2023, will soon announce plans to establish an exciting new international one design class of plywood, Globe 5.80-metre yachts. Aimed at home builders and adventurous racing sailors, a solo 5.80 Transatlantic race is planned for 2021 and a Mini Globe Race is scheduled for 2025.

The Globe 5.80 is for all sailors, young and old, who have a dream to sail oceans in small, fun, affordable and proven safe, ocean-going yachts. Construction plans cost just €300 and the fun comes for FREE! Simple plywood construction means anyone can build this Mini in a few months.

If you do not want to build, your local shipwright can do it for you. It all fits inside a 20ft container for shipping to, or from international events. The mast has a sleeve to allow two-piece shipping and removing keel and rudder is simple. It can be taken home on a trailer, by an ordinary family car.

The official announcement and launch of the Class Globe 5.80 will take place at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show on Saturday 14th March on centre stage 1.30pm. Full details will be released then and the official website will go live.

Hull No. 01 for Don McIntyre is currently under construction in Poland. It is due to be sailing late June. McIntyre will sail this yacht in the first Solo 5.80 Transat, setting out from Portugal in November 2021. It will then be used to sponsor other young sailors.

The Mini 5.80 has evolved from the SETKA – a 5m class of ocean going shorthanded Polish racing yachts

The idea for this new simple Globe 5.80 started to form in 2010 when McIntyre was sailing a 25ft open timber whale boat, 4000 miles across the Pacific, from Tonga to Kupang – West Timor in the wake of William Bligh and his men, following the Mutiny on the HMS Bounty.

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. 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!

Don McIntyre, Organiser of the new Class Globe 5.80
Talisker Bounty Boat Expedition 2010. 4000 miles across the Pacific with no charts, no toilet paper, only two weeks water and very little food in the wake of William Bligh following the Mutiny on the Bounty.

This One Design Class Globe 5.80 can be anything a sailor wants it to be, starting with AFFORDABLE FUN in capital letters, right through to great racing, serious adventure and human challenge. How far do you want to go?