Velux 5 Oceans signs its youngest skipper
One of the UK's youngest solo offshore sailors has confirmed his entry into the 2010 Velux VELUX 5 Oceans. 19-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors for the 30,000-mile solo round the world race with stops, which starts from France in October.
Mead hit the headlines last year after becoming, at the tender age of 18, the youngest person ever to compete in the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). Now a year older, the Cowes-based sailor has set his sights on bigger ambitions.
Oscar will be the youngest ever skipper to enter the gruelling nine-month round the world race. "Racing across the Atlantic was one thing but going round the world in the Velux 5 Oceans is an altogether bigger challenge," said Mead. “The race has been won by some of the world's leading solo sailors and I intend to add my name to that list. There are a lot of sailors trying to break records for being the youngest to achieve certain goals but that is not me. I plan to enter the VELUX 5 OCEANS not as an adventure but as a race which I will try to win.”
Mead will put his yacht and powercraft design degree at Southampton Solent University on hold for a year while he takes part in the race.
Legendary round the world yachtsman and Clipper Ventures chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “I know from entering the race myself how hard the Velux 5 Oceans is. However Oscar is a very talented young sailor, as he proved last year when he raced across the Atlantic in the OSTAR. He has a huge amount of potential and I am delighted he will be taking part in the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans.”