Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year Katie Miller (20) will be racing a small boat, but one that has already completed a successful voyage around Britain. Katie, a student at Southampton Solent University, will be joined on her 21ft Corribee Elektra by Daniel Monk (18) and together the pair will be raising further funds for The Ellen MacArthur Trust. Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002, but nonetheless has completed the race twice for the Trust. Following a relapse after the 2005 race Daniel underwent another bone marrow transplant. During his treatment, a major inspiration was to return and compete again the next year.
Trust volunteer Katie commented: "It is going to be great sailing with Dan in this historic race and especially on my own boat Elektra - a sistership to Ellen MacArthur’s Iduna. I know that Dan and I can’t wait to get out there and sail to the best of our abilities. We have both been very lucky to be involved with the Trust and look forward to raising funds and awareness of the charity in the process."
Mike Slade is a regular competitor in the event. Over a ten year span he has broken the monohull record three times, in three different boats. Most recently he set the mark at 4 hours 5 minutes and 40 seconds sailing Skandia Life Leopard in 2001. This year he will be entering his brand new Farr 30 metre maxi Leopard. The canting keel gives a stability boost equal to 200 crew members sitting on the rail, but without the added weight! The rig towers 154 feet above the water, capable of carrying up to 15,000sqft of sail. The yacht is currently nearing completion in Sydney ready for launching in the Solent early June. The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will see her debut on the racing circuit here. Volvo Ocean Race winner and ISAF Sailor of the Year Mike Sanderson will skipper the 20-strong crew.
Online entries for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race can be made via the dedicated website www.roundtheisland.org.uk.