Jeffrey Dingle

The M65 initiative was conceived and developed by The Mini Store LLC, headquartered in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Formed in 2005 to introduce the Mini 6.50 to North America, The Mini Store has been developing an online Mini community where Mini enthusiasts in the US and Canada can find a resource of information on all things Mini. marketing and business developmeny in North America is being managed by Mini Pro Motions, also in Marblehead. In Q2 2013. Mini Pro Motions will be launching a sister website at, which will offer just anything one needs to own, build, sail or race a Mini. Mini Pro Motions is also working on the development of Mini races in North America, but it won't be until 2013 at the earliest before the first races are held as there are only about a dozen Minis actively sailing in US and Canadian waters. Jeffrey Dingle is The Mini Store's Founder and CIO (Chief Idea Officer) at Mini Pro Motions.


Merfyn Owen & Allen Clarke

The M65 was desgned by the UK-based naval architecture firm Owen Clarke Design. Owen Clarke exists to continually advance yacht design, fulfilling sailors' passions for fast and beautiful boats. The people at Owen Clarke believe in driving innovative thinking and pushing technological frontiers to achieve design excellence in cruising and racing. Size doesn’t matter – speed does. Performance is everything. From 21 ft to 70 ft plus, Owen Clarke racing designs are stunning, thrilling - and very fast! Owen Clarke has designed some of the most successful offshore racing boats to include Ellen MacArthur's Open 60 Kingfisher, Mike Golding's and Dee Caffari's Open 60s Ecover 3 and Aviva, and Phillipe Kahn's Open 50 Pegasus. They have also designed five proto Minis. OCD's partners are Merfyn Owen and Allen Clarke. Tim Sadler runs their Auckland, New Zealand office. Structural engineering of the M65 was done by Andy Kensington (Kiwi Magic, Camper Volvo 70, Carkeek 40) in Auckland, NZ.


Mini Pro Motions has developed exclusive vendor partnerships with companies in key equipment and product categories. Current vendor partners and OEM suppliers for the M65 are:

- Spars, Winches, Blocks, Tracks & Cars, Headsail Furler• Doyle - Sails • Lewmar - Rope Clutches and Hatches • Samson - Running Rigging • Simrad - Autopilot & Electronics • Torqeedo - Electric Motors  Solarna - Solar Panels • Genausn - Solar Charge Controllers •  ePaint - Marine Paints • Atlantis - Foul Weather Gear.

Electronics, Safety Gear and other strategic supplier partners will be added soon.

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