Lizzy's objective Throughout 2017 Lizzy will be training and racing onboard a Volvo 60 (Team Jolokia) and an IMOCA 60 (Artemis / Vendee2020Vision).

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Background

Having sailed since the age of three, Lizzy took to racing in her early teens progressing through the RS Feva, Laser Radial, 29er and RS 700 dinghy classes.

At the age of 18, Lizzy began working as a 1st mate onboard a Clipper and a Whitbread 60. Learning the ropes on these ocean-going race yachts confirmed Lizzy's desire to one day compete in the Vendée Globe; the toughest of solo round-the-world yacht races. Selection for the British Keelboat Academy (BKA) in 2010 marked the start of Lizzy's journey towards this lifelong goal.

With the BKA Lizzy managed a number of J80 campaigns, raced in the Farr 45 fleet, took 1st place in the ½ ton Cup (2011) and 4th place (1st lady) in the Etchells Nationals (2011). Lizzy's time with the BKA culminated in the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodore's Cup; she managed a team of 9 sailors onboard Yeoman of Wight, attaining 3rd place overall, the Most Impressive Yacht and the Twee Gezusters Trophy (1st lady).

Gaining Experience

In her graduation year as a Speech and Language Therapist, Lizzy applied for the Artemis Offshore Academy's 48-hour selection process. Lizzy was the only woman nominated for the 2011 squad, and has since trained in the Figaro and Mini 6.50 classes; renowned as the best starting point for a career in ocean racing.

Campaign Management and Logistics

Throughout 2013, Lizzy also worked as Logistics Assistant at OC Sport, helping to coordinate the Academy's fleet & sailors. Working for the company that managed Ellen MacArthur's and Nick Moloney's Vendée Globe campaigns gave Lizzy a wealth of experience in ocean racing campaign management.

Going solo

Lizzy now has a solid background in solo offshore racing; logging over 10,000 nm in the Mini 6,50, she has completed both the 2014 Les Sables - Azores - Les Sables and the 2015 Mini Transat, independently managing her campaign.

Throughout 2016-17 Lizzy will gain Class 40, Volvo 60 and IMOCA 60 experience; bringing her one step closer to competing in the 2020 Vendée Globe.