Racing for Freedom

Join us in this challenge with a purpose, together we can sail for freedom! Rejoignez-nous dans ce défi, ensemble nous pouvons naviguer pour la liberté !

On the occasion of the 2021 Mini Transat , skipper Jay Thompson and his family have decided to join forces with the association Utopia 56 , for solidarity and respect of the fundamental rights of immigrants. 

"Our lives have taught us that borders are a constraint on humanity and that true human interaction knows no boundaries."  Jay Thompson

Aboard his Mini 6.50 boat Speedy Gonzalez, whose sail has been repainted in the association's colours, skipper Jay Thompson is preparing for the famous Mini Transat, which will take him across the Atlantic Ocean in late September, a race of 4050 nautical miles, single-handed on the smallest ocean racing boats.

À l’occasion de la Mini Transat  2021, le skipper Jay Thompson et sa famille ont décidé de s’associer à l’association Utopia 56 , pour la solidarité et le respect des droits fondamentaux des personnes exilées. 

“Notre vie nous a appris que les frontières sont une contrainte à l’humanité et que les véritables interactions humaines ne connaissent aucune frontière.” Jay Thompson

À bord de son bateau Mini 6.50 Speedy Gonzalez, dont la voile a été repeinte aux couleurs de l’association, le skipper Jay Thompson se prépare pour la célèbre Mini Transat, qui le fera traverser l’Océan Atlantique fin septembre, une course de 4050 milles nautiques, soit 7500 km en solitaire sur les plus petits bateaux de course au large.

After 10 years of a nomadic life at sea, the Coconuts Sail Team, composed of Natasha, Jay and their 4 children, finally set up base in Brittany, France in December 2015. With the goal of accompanying Jay to achieve his dream of off-shore sailboat racing, the whole family is mobilised to make these races a real collective adventure.

Après 10 années à sillonner le monde sur les mers, la Coconuts Sail Team, composée de Natasha, Jay et de leurs 4 enfants, s’est finalement arrêtée en Bretagne en décembre 2015. Avec l’objectif d’accompagner Jay à réaliser son rêve de skipper, toute la famille se mobilise pour faire de ces courses une réelle aventure collective.

Our mission:
race with a purpose
create a campaign that sees no borders

Our goal:
RESIST  hostility, racism, inequality, dishonesty and threats to the environment
REPRESENT  equality, freedom, peace, the truth, and environmental conservation (especially that of the oceans)

Our plan with this boat is to participate in races throughout Europe, UK, the Caribbean and the USA


The Boat:
• A Prototype Class Mini 6.50 (21 feet long)
• Designed by Guillaume Verdier , the top naval architect of our times
• A full carbon fiber construction
• Equipped with a canting keel and T-rudders
• At the forefront of innovation with the latest Y foil design

The Team
• A professional skipper and boat builder who's ingenuity and skills allow us to do-it-ourselves and keep costs low
• A professional media-person, photographer and filmmaker who's able to provide coverage and reach for this project
• A group of international multi-lingual kids who's role in this project is of great importance, they are to inspire and teach other kids about sailboat racing and environmental awareness, especially that of the oceans where they have grown up in

The Budget:
• the boat cost approx. €85,000 to build
     - full carbon fibre construction
     - innovative foils that make the boat fly
     - canting keel
*since we are building and managing the project ourselves we are able to keep costs low

• getting the boat ready for racing  €70,000
     - 7 customized sails €15,000
     - electronics and safety equipment €20,000
     - rigging and hardware €10,000
     - insurance €5,000
     - racing season expenses €10,000
• a strong marketing campaign €10,000
     - final art design for boat and sails
     - painting of sails and boat
     - photography and video
     - press and media outreach
     - an active social-media platform
*since we do most of this ourselves we are able to keep costs low

Donations (95)

  • Laure Maheo
    • €30 
    • 2 yrs
  • Carolyn Thompson
    • €11,785 (Offline)
    • 5 yrs
  • Frímann Frímannsson
    • €2,500 (Offline)
    • 5 yrs
  • Sébastien
    • €200 (Offline)
    • 5 yrs


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