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BritCAT Challenge on track for target finish time

by Luke Yeates & Mark Angel 30 Jun 2006 09:38 BST

Cobalt BritCAT Challenge are on track to complete the circumnavigation within the target time, but only after some very long sessions on the water in frustratingly light conditions.

On 3 June 2006 the Cobalt BritCAT Challenge started, sponsored by Cobalt Corporate Finance – advisors to the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. Two young British experienced sailors Luke Yeates and Mark Angell began their attempt of the FIRST, FASTEST and YOUNGEST circumnavigation of Britain on an 18ft Beach Catamaran, called Cobalt.

Today 29 June, they arrived at Penzance at 11.00 hrs at the end of of very frustrating slow leg of 48 hours afloat.

After a sleep and meal Luke and Mark left Penzance again at 20.00 hrs eastbound with Luke stating their target as Poole, however Weymouth seems more likely next stop.

Unforunately the tracking device which enabled websites to follow their progress had some broken wires as they came down the West Coast of Scotland and although replacement wires have been sent out, coordinating rendezvous to enable repairs has not yet been successful.

The Journey has them from Poole, Dorset anticlockwise around the coast of Britain. Their ETA at Poole is now 17.00 hours on Saturday 1 July the circumnavigation which will have then be completed in their target of less than a month.

The Cobalt BritCAT Challenge is raising money for charity to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the work of the UK Sailing Academy and children most at risk through ChildLine.

More information on the team is available at