I'm curious how they will handle the history of the Mini Transat when shifting to an annual format. Will the new races "count" as Mini Transat races in terms of historical continuity? In other words, will the historical record treat the new races as part of the ongoing historical tradition? Or will they be treated as "new" races for Mini 6.5 boats?
Personally I think this is a great idea, although it means in any given year you will have a different mix of competitors, and if you were hoping to go up against a particular competitor one year and he/she doesn't enter, then perhaps you will be disappointed? Probably not, I bet. Sailing a Transat is sailing a Transat, regardless of who you're racing against. As they say, line up two boats and someone shout "Go!" and you have a race.
Anyway, this will be terrific given how oversubscribed the current Transat is. A much less logistical trouble than having one Transat for 160 boats.