Record-breaking solo sailor Katie McCabie aims for the 2025 Mini Transat

Teenage solo cruiser Katie McCabe has set her sights on a transatlantic crossing in a 21ft racing boat.

The 14-year-old said: “After spending eight weeks aboard the lovely Falanda [Morgan Giles] As I completed my circumnavigation of Britain last summer, I fell in love with single-handed sailing, and the excitement and chaos that comes with it.

“So much so that I now plan to cross the Atlantic solo, but this time not on board Falandaand not so alone!

“The Mini Transat is a solo transatlantic race, which I hope to take part in in 2025.

“For the race, I will have to buy a Mini 6.50, a small 21-foot racing boat, smaller, lighter and faster than Falanda.

“The only problem is that Minis are in a very special class, so of course they are very expensive.”

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Ahead of her solo circumnavigation around Britain, Katie McCabe sailed solo on her newly restored classic yacht to the Isles of Scilly

With limited time until qualifying races, Katie launched a crowdfunding offer.

As of this writing, she has raised £1,765 against a target of £10,000.

Participants in the Mini Transat must complete 1,500 nm of class racing and a 1,000 nm solo qualification.

You can now make a donation to support her cause on Katie McCabe’s GoFundMe Mini Transat 2025 page.