British 21 year old heading for the Mini Transat
British sailor Luke Dampier has announced his intention to participate in the 2013 Mini-Transat after securing a 12-month sponsorship campaign with Bristol-based financial services company, Hargreaves Lansdown.
Dampier, who at 21 years old has already completed a circumnavigation with the Clipper Round the World race, is focused on a 12-month training and qualification campaign now that the first financial hurdle has been crossed.
Commenting on the sponsorship Dampier said, “It’s great to receive such strong support at this early stage in my campaign. I’m looking forward to a busy winter of refit work followed by an even busier summer of training, racing and hopefully beginning the qualifying process for the Transat in 2013.”
Hargreaves Lansdown’s support will enable Dampier to bring his Pogo 2, Crean, up to date with the Classe Mini off-shore rules before he begins participating in a series of races across the next year which will act as qualification for the 2013 race.
Having begun sailing at the age of six, Dampier quickly went on to train with the RYA youth squad and compete in national and international competitions before moving onto keel boat sailing participating in numerous Cowes Week and Round the Island races before setting off on the 35,000 mile circumnavigation in 2009. His entry into the Classe Mini circuit will be his first experience of short-handed ocean racing.
2012 race schedule:
Start of May: Lymington – Plymouth race
May 13th-20th: UK Fastnet
June 17th-23rd: Mini-Fastnet
August 23rd-24th: Distance Double
September 8th: Nab Tower Double
September 14th-16th: La Rochelle Racing
September 29th: Solent Double