Classic's Campaign by Katrina Ham
Join me as I chase my dream to the 2015 Mini Transat......but this time to the FINISH!!
Extreme, challenging and mad are often used, but however you describe it, the Mini Transat is regarded one of the most demanding yacht races in the world. In September 60+ solo sailors will set sail from Douarnenez, France headed for Guadaloupe via the Canaries, in their 21ft (6.5m) yachts. I want to be one of them.
Making it to the start line in 2013 was a huge achievement. Then losing my boat and nearly my life during the 2013 Mini Transat was the toughest thing I have ever faced. That said it did not dampen my determination to reach my goal. So in 2014 I acquired another mini and completed the qualification requirements including a 1000nm non-stop qualifying passage which was then validated by Classe Mini. That should have been my golden ticket to the 2015 Mini Transat. But sadly my entry into the 2015 has not been accepted yet. So this year while racing, I have-been fighting for my right to race.
My entry has not been accepted because I have not paid € 2,000 for a tracker that was damaged on my boat that was lost while undertow from an official support boat. For the full story please go to AUS785: My Story 2013 Mini Transat and MT2015: Qualified but Excluded. Due to the complexity of the incident I sought legal advice after the incident which all supports the motion that I have no obligation to pay. I have tried to open communication on this and my other unanswered questions but have been unsuccessful. I live in a van to survive, I can not afford to fight my case. I can only use what is available to me (which supports not paying) but sadly I do not think it will get me answers in time.
While I am desperate to get answers, I am desperate to keep sailing.... to keep chasing my dream. As one of the few women and the only skipper from the southern hemisphere I have defied the odds to qualify and be here in France rearing to race .... but to keep my dream alive I need help ..... your help
There is lot to do before I am ready to head out across the Atlantic solo. To prepare I need nav charts, to prepare the boat I need rope, hardware and antifoul, as I need food and methanol to race. There are also sadly Things That can not be begged, borrowed or negotiated. Namely:
€ 2,000 for the tracker They Are using to block my entry
€ 2,050 for the entry fee
€ 5,000 for shipping - which must be paid before the start
So that's € 9,050 in cash just I need to claim my spot on the start line .....
My objective is the goal FINISH! To give me the best opportunity to make it as I need ...
€ 1500 for critical rigging and electrics
€ 400 for charts
€ 600 for food, methanol (for my fuel cell to make electricity) and safety equipment !!
Which Brings it to € 11,550
Now That Would make me safe ..... purpose 4000nm downwind kite without a big kite Would Be ... Well that hard .... so I would really really love a big kite (€ 2500) and Ideally (we can all dream right?) a new medium (€ 2500).
I have set the target for € 9,000 As That Would get me to the start .... but as you can see That Is not going to get me to the finish. This is a all or nothing system ..... if I set a Higher target and miss I get nothing .... but if can get to the start line That keeps the dream alive and I get the opportunity to keep going / Trying !! July 19th is the cut off for the Transat so please do not hesitate As That Will Be d-day for the Transat and my dream!
Thanks for helping me keep my dream alive!!
Keep in Touch!
Get an individual special e-postcard from me as I continue to fight to get to the FINISH LINE!
Get your name on 635 and join me in the fight to get to the FINISH!....as well as the e-postcard!
Join the Team!
Help me spread my dream and determination with your own T-shirt! ......as well as your name on 635 and the e-postcard! Can send by post- email for more info! Send me your size!
Join me - in real life!
Get your name on 635 then come see it in person and meet me in Lorient/Douarnenez! In English or French if you like!!
Get your name on my boat 635 and a necklace made using the exact same nautical charts that I will use during the 2015 Mini Transat, Your own peice of my dream mounted on a varnished ball with a leather tie and delivered in a case with famous marinière fabric. Designed and manufactured in Brittany, France thanks to Sandrine de Courcy - Made in Marinière
Taste the dream!
Get your name on 635 then join me for a sail from Lorient!
Come for the ride!
Help me reach my goal by becoming a partner of my project. Have your name/logo on the main sail, on my website and on all my communication! You really are one of my team!
Become a Partner!
Help me reach my goal by becoming a partner of my project. Have your name/logo on the hull and main sail alongside my other partners, on my website and on all my communication! You really are one of my team!
Become a Power Partner!
Sails power my mini 635 and you get to be on one of them! At the moment I don't have a big Max Spi......which is not the greatest for a downwind race......so I hope to get one (and ideally replace the others which are used to say the least!) and then your name/logo will be on it! All out for the world to see! You will be a partner of my project. Have your name/logo on the hull alongside my other partners, on my website and on all my communication! You really are one of my team....that powers me to the FINISH!
Become the title partner for my dream! The boat and all communication is done in your name! You can dominate the hull/sails. Hear first hand about my experiences and how I use negative energy to feed my determination, join me for a sail in Lorient, and let me inspire you and your team so we can all reach out goals.