Caterham Composites CEO to solo sail across Atlantic

Mike Gascoyne, CEO of German firm Caterham Composites, will attempt a solo trans-Atlantic crossing from Europe to the West Indies in November aboard a class 40 offshore racing yacht.

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Caterham Technology and Caterham Composites (Hürth, Germany) reported on Oct. 18 that CEO Mike Gascoyne has announced that the next challenge he will tackle will be his first solo trans-Atlantic sailing crossing, from Europe to the West Indies in November.

Caterham Composites, Caterham Group's specialist composite materials design and manufacturing arm, is already active in the top level of competitive sailing through its partnership with Alex Thomson Racing and 5 West. Mike Gascoyne will be taking that partnership into action as he makes the crossing in Caterham Challenge, a class 40 offshore racing yacht.

Gascoyne says, "Ever since I was very young I've thrived on pushing myself physically and mentally and doing my first solo trans-Atlantic crossing is my next big challenge. Sailing is a real passion, something I've been lucky enough to do since growing up in Norfolk and now, with the help of Alex Thomson and 5 West, I'm about to take on something only a small number of people can say they've done. Preparations for the journey are going perfectly. Alex and his team are working very closely with me to make sure we have covered everything in the run up to the departure from the Portugal on 28th November 2012 and they will be overseeing the crossing from their base in the U.K."

Phil Hall, managing director, Caterham Composites, says, "I'm delighted that Caterham Composites has the opportunity to be involved in this unique project. Our recent work with Alex and his team and now Mike's crossing in the Caterham Challenge, is a perfect way for us to demonstrate our commitment to the marine industry. We will be using the opportunity to collect some valuable data from the Caterham Challenge boat in preparation for some new marine based development projects. We will obviously be providing up to date coverage of the event on our website and looking forward to what I'm sure will be a great event."

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