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27 May 2014, La Trinite-sur-Mer, France

Mini Transat 2015: Australian skipper Katrina Ham to compete in double-handed ArMen Race

 

Later this week 26-year-old Australian skipper Katrina Ham will be taking part in the 300 nautical mile, double-handed ArMen Race, which starts on 29 May 2014 from La Trinite-sur-Mer, France. For the ArMen Race Katrina is teaming up with co-skipper Antoine Roisne.

 

The ArMen race is the next step for Katrina en route to competing in the 2015 Mini Transat. Co-skipper Antoine is aiming to compete in the 2017 Mini Transat.

 

During the Mini en Mai race earlier this month Katrina gained valuable experience on her new boat “X Wing”, a Pogo 2 designed series boat as she completed over 100 miles solo. A number of small technical issues meant Katrina joined over half of the fleet in not completing the full course.

 

Katrina said, “The Mini en Mai was a tough return to Classe Mini racing. I was happy to complete the first half of the course on X-Wing and it was good to get some time in the boat. I decided to retire just after the gate at Belle Ile given the weather forecast and the technical issues I had on board. It was a tough choice but given the conditions those who carried on encountered I know it was the right choice. I had a great code 5 run though!”

 

The ArMen race is a long coastal course around the Breton shoreline with a variety of different classes of boat competing, ranging from Classe Mini to 70 foot trimarans. Over 170 boats will be on the start line.

 

Katrina Ham is based in Lorient, France. She has a new boat “X Wing”, a Pogo 2 designed series boat, following the tragic loss of her original boat during the 2013 Mini Transat, and has received continued support from Pantaenius Australia enabling her to compete throughout 2014, with the ultimate goal of completing the 2015 Mini Transat.

 

Katrina added, “The Mini Transat is still my objective. To me it is the ultimate test of a sailor, which is why I want to do it. Last year was heart breaking but I still have the dream and the determination and I fully intend to be on both the start line and the finish line in 2015.”

 

In order to qualify for the Mini Transat, every skipper must complete 1000 nautical miles of official Classe Mini races, as well as a 1000 nautical mile solo non-stop qualification passage – all of which must be done on the same boat the skipper will race in the Transat. The race is always over-subscribed and with the new season already underway, the clock is ticking to get the qualification miles completed.

 

Katrina is looking for partners to join her on the ride to the 2015 Mini Transat. Visit http://www.katrinahamracing.com/blog/,www.facebook.com/KatrinaHamRacing or @KatrinaHam on twitter to follow Katrina to the finish line in 2015!

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20 May 2014, La Trinite-sur-Mer, France
Mini Transat 2015: Unfinished Business for Australian skipper Katrina Ham
The Classe Mini circuit is in full swing again, and 26-year-old Australian skipper Katrina Ham is delighted to be taking part in her first race of the year, the 500 mile “Mini en Mai” which starts today (20 May 2014).
Despite the tragic loss of her boat during the 2013 Mini Transat, Katrina is still following her dream and embarking on a new campaign with the ultimate goal of completing the 2015 Mini Transat.
Katrina has been working hard over the winter at her base in Lorient, France. She has a new boat “X Wing”, a Pogo 2 designed series boat, and has received continued support from Pantaenius Australia enabling her to compete throughout 2014.
“It is brilliant to be back sailing!” says Katrina. “Finishing the Mini Transat is still my objective and I know that if I am not trying to step towards it, I will be doing something else half-hearted. I still have the dream and the determination and I fully intend to be on both the start line and the finish line in 2015.”
In order to qualify for the Mini Transat, every skipper must complete 1000 nautical miles of official Classe Mini races, as well as a 1000 nautical mile solo non-stop qualification passage – all of which must be done on the same boat the skipper will race in the Transat. The race is always over-subscribed and with the new season already underway, the clock is ticking to get the qualification miles completed.
Katrina is looking for partners to join her on the ride to the 2015 Mini Transat. Visit http://www.katrinahamracing.com/blog/, www.facebook.com/KatrinaHamRacing or @KatrinaHam on twitter to follow Katrina to the finish line in 2015!
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Notes to editors:

Publicity Contacts:

Audrey Knight: audrey@katrinahamracing.com / mobile: +44 (0) 7968 750545

Barney Smith: barnabysmith@btinternet.com / mobile: +44 (0) 7832 160960

Katrina can be contacted via email: katrina@katrinahamracing.com

Katrina’s website: http://www.katrinahamracing.com/

Two images attached. Please credit to Katrina Ham.

X Wing at sea – delivery to La Trinite for the Mini en Mai start

X Wing at rest – alongside in La Trinite

Additional information

Katrina’s race plan for 2014 includes:

Mini en Mai: 500 nautical miles, single-handed, starting & finishing in La Trinite-sur-Mer, France. Start date 20 May 2014

Armen Race: 300 nautical miles, double-handed, starting & finishing in La Trinite-sur-Mer, France. Start date 29 May 2014

Trophée MAP: 200 nautical miles, single-handed, starting & finishing in Douarnenez, France. Start date 12 June 2014

The Mini Transat 650 is a solo transatlantic sailing race in 6.5m high-performance sailing boats. The race was conceived by Englishman Bob Salmon in the late 1970s. It is held every two years with the next race starting in 2015. Today up to 80 boats compete in the Mini Transat 650, the largest fleet of short-handed offshore racing yachts in the world. The 2015 race will go from Douarnenez, France to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean with a stopover in the Canary Islands. Rules state that there are no on board computers, including mapping GPS and all weather information is given to the fleet over VHF radio. The boats have no luxuries what so ever; no toilet, no bunk, no galley! With no communication with the outside world and no crewmates to talk to, the mental challenges are as tough as the physical ones. It is reasons like these that make the Mini Transat the ultimate test of a sailor.

Out of the 84 skippers that left Douarnenez, France in October 2013 after a delayed start for the 2013 Transat, only 51 made it to the finish in Guadaloupe. The first leg of the race was abandoned halfway across the Bay of Biscay due to extreme winds and swell. The race restarted from Sada, Spain more than a month after the original start date. On 6 November 2013 whilst under tow from a Mini Transat accompanying boat, Katrina Ham ended up in the water near the restart destination in northern Spain. The accident ended her dream of completing the 2013 race, and resulted in the total loss of her boat. By the time she was released from hospital, the boat had been wrecked at the entrance to Ribadeo, Spain.