Our company enlists for the two seasons-to-come with the sailor Ian LIPINSKI, to give him a helping hand and support him in his several races in Mini 6.50. This champion who’s also an engineer in aeronautics Supaéro, benefits from 17 years of immersion in the world of sailing. Ian LIPINSKI holds an impressive hit list: he won the Mini Fastnet in 2013 and hold a series of victories in 2015 with the Pornichet Select 650 and the Transgascogne (a return trip between Vendée and Spain).


The MiniTransat is a race across the Atlantic, starting from La Rochelle and ending in Martinique. Ian was alone with Mini 6.50 prototypes by way of boat. Those prototypes are the smallest race boats across the world: with a 6.50m long single-hulled vessel and a maximum 3m width, those prototypes are 3 times smaller than a sailing boat taking part in the Vendée Globe race. These boats are particularly powerful and swift.

Ian has really defined his objectives: competing for the France championship title and winning the MiniTransat 2017, with a double prototype, a sequence that hasn’t been realized yet.

Ian will have to pass through a lot of events:

  • La Trinité (May to July 2016 and 2017)
  • ArMen Race (May to July 2016 and 2017)
  • Marie-Agnès Péron trophy (May to July 2016 and 2017)
  • Mini Fastnet (May to July 2016 and 2017)
  • Les Sables – Les Açores – Les Sables (July/August 2016)
  • La MiniTransat (September 2017)

GRIFFON is happy to accompany Ian by offering him a new generation prototype with a round stem: the 865 prototype. This prototype drawn in 2014 by the renowned architect David Raison, is a concentrate of technologies boat, and is the best you can find on the market today.

You may follow Ian LIPINSKI thanks to his website:

The whole team is accompanying Ian in its preparations for the Mini circuit and the MiniTransat.