To Katrina, the Mini Transat is the ultimate test of a sailor. on October 13th 2013 84 tiny 21ft yachts will race from Douarnenez, France to Guadaloupe via the Canaries. Not only that they will do it completely solo and will limited navigational equipment and with no communication with shore.
In October 2012, Katrina (25 years old) arrived in Lorient with her rucksack and a pressing desire to do offshore solo racing. She choose Lorient, the centre of the world for offshore racing and found herself a boat, a Nacira 6.50 series boat number 785.
Not speaking a word of French, she managed to find a job two days a week teaching English with Amanda Grey - and started to look for sponsors and to qualify for the race.
She managed to convince several small companies to support her campaign:
The Le Borgne boatyard in Baden to prepare her boat for the race
Amanda Grey training centre in Caudan
The accounting firm Océane PME for administration
NKE Marine Electronics for navigation equipment
Wichard /Profurl for deckgear
Sandrine de Courcy and her Made in Marinière jewellery for press relations.
Pantaenius for her insurance.
Katrina successfully qualified for the race and is now looking to complete her budget to cross the Atlantic in the best possible conditions.