Following January’s announcement of two Need for Speed competition winners, this month sees our Challenger Programme swap the high octane for the high seas as we welcome sailor Lizzy Foreman on board.
Currently 27 years old (21 of which she has spent sailing), Lizzy is no stranger to pushing boundaries from the deck of her racing yacht: in 2015, she was both the first female and British sailor to finish in her class in the Mini Transat, a solo sailing race across the Atlantic. Those of a seasick persuasion may want to look away now: to complete the event, Lizzy spent 27 days at sea, in a boat just 21 feet long. It’s this kind of dedication that made Lizzy a perfect fit as a Challenger.
But that’s not all. Lizzy is also a part of the ‘Vendee2020Vision’ programme, a 5-year ocean racing project borne out of a long term working relationship between Whitecap Ltd and Artemis Investment Management. The winning prize? One successful sailor will be selected to compete in the 2020 Vendee Globe, a solo race around the globe. Whittled down from an initial group of 12 sailors, Lizzy is now in the final 4. If successful, she will be the fourth British female to compete for Britain in this competition – to date only 6 women have taken on the gruelling round the world race.
Co-Founder of Christopher Ward, Mike France, said: “The team at Christopher Ward is absolutely in awe of what Lizzy has achieved with her career to date. Her ambition and drive are clear to see, and we believe she will be a fantastic addition to the Challenger team. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to support her on her journey to the upcoming Vendee Globe Project and we’ll be rooting for her every step of the way.”
We look forward to arming Lizzy with a C60 Trident 316L Limited Edition to withstand all manner of drenchings in due course!
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