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.