Hannah White to record music while racing at sea


ForgetBritain’s Got Talent. Readers of the Telltale blog have the singular opportunity to vote for a song that they think should be recorded at sea by a skipper currently competing in the Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). Yep, you read that correctly. Hannah White, the 26-year-old British sailor from Hampshire, sailing the Beneteau Figaro II,PureSolo, in what has so far been extremely arduous conditions, will record one of six songs chosen by visitors to her site as she races the 3,000 miles from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island, USA, in the coming days.

The photographer Hamish Roots, who is looking after Hannah’s website while she is away, said that Hannah had all the equipment on board with her to record the track. ‘She has a mic and all the songs on her ipod,’ he said. ‘It’s a karaoke type thing.’ Hamish added that at the time of writing Hannah was fourth overall in the race and doing well. ‘She has come into some slightly calmer weather. The first 48 hours were crazy with some really strong winds.’

Hannah is being sponsored by PureSolo, the online music store for recording personal versions of well-known tracks. To get a flavour of her singing ability, Telltale readers can hear Hannah singing her version ofI Don’t Wanna Miss a Thingby the US heavy rockers Aerosmith. When the song was played to members of staff at Yachting Monthly Towers, one said: ‘She’s good, but not as good as my daughter.’ Another said: ‘Basically, she’s crucified it.’

Voters have a choice of six songs:I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz;I Wish I Was James Bond, by Scouting for Girls;Mustang Sally, by The Commitments;Sound of the Underground, by Girls Aloud;Oops? I Did It Again, by Britney Spears; andUse Somebody, by the Kings of Leon. At the time of writing,Mustang SallyandUse Somebodywere level pegging sharing 66 per cent of the vote. Britney’sOops ? I Did it Againhad not secured a single vote. The recording will be made in the next few days and posted on Hannah’s website towards the end of next week.