by Pete Green
Halcyon Yachts crew member, Lou Boorman, is planning to compete as part of the youngest ever female duo to enter the Round Britain & Ireland Race.
Lou is only 19 years old, however, she has already achieved some great things since she started sailing 11 years ago. Her passion for sailing started in a wooden Optimist dinghy at the age of 8. She went on to racing in Toppers and became the Female British Champion in 2018. Alongside her highly successful dinghy career, going on to race 29ers and Aeros, she is also very capable on larger yachts. Lou is a qualified RYA Yacht Master Offshore and has worked as a lead flotilla skipper in Greece. She has completed numerous offshore yacht deliveries and is ready for what will almost certainly be her biggest challenge yet.
Lou says “I worked on hospital wards during the pandemic as well as an oil refinery, both in my home county of Pembrokeshire. I did this to save up for all the sailing courses I needed. Since qualifying, I haven’t looked back on land lubber jobs, and I try and spend as much time at sea as I can. I don’t come from a sailing family, it was the RYA Onboard scheme that first got me started. It is a fantastic way to get young kids into sailing who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. I had no idea it would turn into such a passion for me and a way to make a living.
My dream is to race in the Vendée Globe solo non-stop race around the world. I’m starting this year with the RWYC Round Britain & Ireland Race with sights on the RORC Round Britain & Ireland Race too. I will be the youngest skipper to ever compete, breaking the previous record set in 1988 by a man. Together with my crew, Elin Jones, we will also be the youngest female duo in its history.”
The Round Britain and Ireland Race is over 1800NM and is a true test of determination and stamina for anyone who takes part. The route is technically very challenging therefore your navigational skills must be at their best. Sailing around Britain and Ireland also brings challenges with the weather. It is highly likely that every sail in the locker will be needed!
If you’d like to support these two talented young women then you can donate by following this link:
You can also follow their progress on Instagram using @louboormansailing and @elinthesailor