Monday October 29 2012 Author: Caterham Composites Location: Germany


Caterham Technology and Caterham Composites CEO Mike Gascoyne has announced that the next challenge he will tackle will be his first solo transatlantic sailing crossing, from Europe to the West Indies in November 2012.  

Caterham Composites, Caterham Group’s specialist composite materials design and manufacturing arm, is already active in the top level of competitive sailing through its partnership with Alex Thomson Racing and 5 West. Mike Gascoyne will be taking that partnership into action as he makes the crossing in Caterham Challenge, a class 40 offshore racing yacht that will carry Caterham’s green and yellow colours across the Atlantic.  

Mike Gascoyne: “Ever since I was very young I’ve thrived on pushing myself physically and mentally and doing my first solo transatlantic crossing is my next big challenge. Sailing is a real passion, something I’ve been lucky enough to do since growing up in Norfolk and now, with the help of Alex Thomson and 5 West, I’m about to take on something only a small number of people can say they’ve done. Preparations for the journey are going perfectly. Alex and his team are working very closely with me to make sure we have covered everything in the run up to the departure from the Portugal on 28th November 2012 and they will be overseeing the crossing from their base in the UK.  

“This challenge is also a very good way of demonstrating Tony Fernandes’ and Caterham Group’s commitment to making dreams come true, and showing that we are right in the heart of the businesses we work in. I want to thank Tony and Riad for this opportunity as without their support I would not have this chance. Through the partnership Caterham Composites has with Alex Thomson Racing we are already bringing our expertise to the marine industry and this is a very good chance for us to show that we not only work in Alex’s world, we actively take part in it.”  

Alex Thomson: “We’ve been working with Mike and his team at Caterham Composites for just over a year and I’ve been impressed with not only the technical expertise they bring to our sport, but also the passion Mike has for sailing. He is now taking that passion to a new level with his first solo transatlantic crossing, not an easy undertaking for any sailor and a pretty serious step up in terms of the challenges he will face. It is good to see Mike realise one of his ambitions and I am delighted we are playing such an active role in helping him do so. On behalf of 5 West we want to wish Mike the best of luck and I look forward to speaking to him on his crossing while I am competing in the Vendee Globe, single-handed non-stop round the world race.  

Phil Hall, Managing Director, Caterham Composites: “I’m delighted that Caterham Composites has the opportunity to be involved in this unique project.  Our recent work with Alex and his team and now Mike’s crossing in the Caterham Challenge, is a perfect way for us to demonstrate our commitment to the marine industry.  We will be using the opportunity to collect some valuable data from the Caterham Challenge boat in preparation for some new marine based development projects.  We will obviously be providing up to date coverage of the event on our website and looking forward to what I’m sure will be a great event”.

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