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Ian Reid (62)

United Kingdom

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Name Ian Reid

Born July 21st 1955

Nationality British

Country of entry United Kingdom

Ian Reid is a farmer from Somerset whose second passion is to go sailing. He has bought Maja, a ketch-rigged Belliure Endurance 35 designed by Peter Ibold built by Astilleros Belliure in Spain . His plan has been to sail single-handed to Cascais, Portugal and back in the Autumn of 2016 before refitting the yacht over the winter months in time to make a solo transatlantic crossing to Charleston, South Carolina and back in 2017.
“To the inevitable question: ‘Why have you entered the GGR?’ the answer is simple” He says. “I love sailing and I love the oceans. 40 years of sailing in most of the world’s oceans has ingrained in me the art of ‘risk minimisation’. I am certain that this will be the key to a successful voyage. I have a fantastic boat, and a great team of supporters behind me, so all is looking good for the start in June 2018.

 

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Ian Reid has selected to race the Endurance 35 class yacht Maja. Designed by Peter Ibold and built by the Spanish boatyard ‘Astilleros Belliure’ in 1979, the Endurance 35 has a reasonably heavy displacement for her length, compensated for by a powerful ketch rig. Structurally, Maja requires little work, but will undergo a preliminary refit during Winter 2016/17, prior to a transatlantic crossing, and a final refit during the Winter 2017/18 to ensure she is ‘race ready’ for June 2018. Ian Reid says: "Maja is a strong, safe boat,which I am sure ’ will look after me well."

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