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Fastnet Race challenge for Guide leader

Posted onPosted on 19th Mar
Fastnet Race challenge for Guide leader

A Guide leader from Mansfield is getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime as she embarks on training to take part in the 2015 Fastnet Race — the oldest regular ocean-racing event in European waters.

April Ulyatt (23), is joining six colleagues from the south east to form Girlguiding UK’s first Fastnet crew for the race known for challenging weather conditions.

The 90th Rolex Fastnet Race starts in Cowes on 16th August, passing landmarks like The Needles, Portland Bill, Lizard Point, Land’s End and Bishop Rock before finishing in Plymouth.

April (pictured in blue) begins training with the Tall Ships Youth Trust in April and is focusing on fitness and fundraising.

She joined Girlguiding Nottinghamshire as a Rainbow, aged four, and helps run three units — the 14th Mansfield Rainbows, 19th Mansfield Guides and 1st Mansfield Powell Rangers.

April said: “I decided to take part as a personal challenge and to help show the world that girls are capable of doing everything that boys do.

“Guiding opens up so many possibilities to girls and young women like me. I’m excited about the prospect of doing something different, learning new skills and making new friends.

“Plus, although I get travel sick on trains, cars, buses and even planes, I’m fine on boats.”

Anyone interested in supporting the crew can contact April Ulyatt at [email protected]