“The sea is intense; the sea is real. It demands honesty and responsibility and, although not always hospitable, and sometimes downright hostile, it provides the treasures of freedom, peace and beauty.”

With his yacht Mini Skippy, Julian Adamson, 27 years old and a St Michael’s alumnus, has his sights set on the Mini Transat, a 4,000 mile single-handed race across the Atlantic from France to the Caribbean.

Julian’s first taste of sailing came on a St Michael’s course in Laser Pico’s from St Aubin’s Fort and this must have stuck with him because….

After St Michael’s, Julian moved on to Winchester College where he continued to sail in Fireflies. A love of languages inspired by French lessons at St Michael’s led him to the University of Geneva to complete a degree in French and Spanish including an Erasmus year at the University of Granada. Following this, Julian returned to Jersey and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, all the while continuing to pursue his sailing both locally in Jersey and further afield at regattas on Lake Geneva, in the Solent and in the Mediterranean.

Now, Julian is focused on his project to qualify for and compete in the Mini Transat. This is a mythical race in the offshore sailing world and was the invention of the late Bob Salmon and a reaction against the ever-increasing budgets required to participate in the OSTAR. His idea was to limit the cost of the participation by limiting the size of the boats to 21 ft (6.50m). And so in 1977, the Mini Transat was born.

Over the years, the Mini Transat has followed various different courses but when Julian sets sail, he and Mini Skippy will be racing first from Les Sables d’Olonnes to La Palma in the Canaries and then onwards to Guadeloupe.

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Or on their website: https://gbr946.myportfolio.com/

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