Three Germans, two Dutch, an Estonian, a Pole, a Hungarian, a Russian… The Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe is known well beyond the Atlantic and Mediterranean shores. Tamas Kovacs, the Hungarian entry, made his debut in sailing on Lake Balaton before deciding it was time to broaden his horizons. In Poland Radoslaw Kowalczyck sets himself another objective; to race a prototype that is set for series build. Built in Poland, the boat could become an interesting alternative for those who prefer the liberties freedom of the prototype to the constraints of production boats. Further east still, Yury Firsov will have the difficult task of representing his country, Russia, against this host of maritime nations.