21-yr old sailor wins 1,000 mile race
Katie Miller featured in YM in November 2006 after she sailed her Corribee around the coast of Britain solo to raise money for the Ellen Macarthur trust. Now, aged 21, she has won her class in the bluQube Solo 1000 race, and in doing so, has qualified for the OSTAR single handed race, which starts next year.
She took overall honours in her 10m Beneteau Figaro II,Hot Socks, and was awarded the “Saltire Quaiche” for best rookie and the bluQube Endeavour Trophy voted for by competing skippers.
The bluQube Solo 1000, organised by Petit Bateau, was made up of three legs from Mylor-Kinsale, Kinsale-Santander and Santander-Cameret sur la Mer. The Kinsale to Santander leg represented the official qualifier for the OSTAR 2009.
This, Katie’s longest and most challenging solo trip to date and first significant offshore race, has been the biggest event in the racing calendar for this year and something she has been working toward since acquiring the boat in April.
Katie said “The race has been an incredibly steep learning curve. Dealing with both extremes of weather combined with sleep and food management in an extreme and competitive environment has been a new and thrilling experience. It has also been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn further about the boat and its limits, and confidence is ever growing.”
See her blog of the race and keep up with her progress on her website.