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OSCAR MEAD IN ROUND THE WORLD RACE

Friday April 9th, 2010
YOUNGEST EVER COMPETITOR IN ROUND THE WORLD RACE

Teen sailing wiz, Oscar Mead, is to enter the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans Race. The 19 year old will be the youngest ever competitor to enter the 5 stage round the world race. In fact he is the youngest ever competitor in and round the world race full stop. But mead isnít doing it to get his name in the record books... as he told members of the press.

'Racing across the Atlantic was one thing but going round the world in the Velux 5 Oceans is an altogether bigger challenge... There are a lot of sailors trying to break records for being the youngest to achieve certain goals but that is not me. I plan to enter the Velux 5 Oceans not as an adventure but as a race which I will try to win.'

Last year mead came seventh on water and sixth overall in the OTAR, which made him the youngest ever entrant in the 3,000mile 22 day race and Velux 5 race chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, had this to say about the Hong Kong born Southampton native: 'I know from entering the race myself how hard it is. However Oscar is a very talented young sailor, as he proved last year when he raced across the Atlantic in the OSTAR. He has a huge amount of potential and I am delighted he will be taking part.'
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