The TipTop is a distinctive design with a unique hull-deck seal that contributes to hull rigidity and may enable an easier recovery from a knock down.  The mast is stepped on the keel. The interior is open and spacious, more like the Super Calin 2, without the large bulk heads favoured by Lombard for the Zero.  The quality of finsh is high in comparison to some other Series Minis.

The well-designed, ergonomic cockpit appears much larger than others as the life raft enclosure does not obstruct the cockpit floor. Below, the electrical box and switches are fitted above a small but functional table. A small galley is an option.  Two opening ports provide good ventilation.

The TipTop

More than 25 Manuard designed TipTops are sailing.  Built in La Rochelle, France by Voiliers Bepox, the TipTop is recognized as a strong Series class competitor.  ( 

Sam Manuard, a highly experienced designer and Mini skipper, has competed in three Mini Transats.  One of his proto designs won the 2005 MT and in 2007 four Manuard boats placed in the top 15. His designs have won dozens of Classe Mini races.  Sailing Sitting Bull, his most recent proto design, Manuard was a favourite to win the 2007 MT.  He placed 2nd in leg 1, but, gear failure took him off the leaderboard in leg 2 and he finished 24th overall.


Built to Series box rules, the TipTop matches full length and beam of the Zero and SC2.

  1. 6.50 m Length overall

  2. 3.00 m Hull Beam

  3. 1.60 m Draught

  4. 1050 Kg Displacement

  5. 440 Kg Ballast

  6. 26.0 sq m Mainsail

  7. 18/22 sq m Genoa

  8.    14/15 sq m Solent

  9.    75/80 sq m Large spi

  10. 28.0 sq m Gennaker



The TipTop has:

  1. a fixed keel

  2. 3 Harken winches

  3. Spinlock clutches

  4. Wichard & Spinlock deck gear

  5. Marlow sheets & halyards

  6. Two opening ports

  7. Forward hatch


The TipTop can be towed on the same Highliner trailer as the Zero and SC2.