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Ben Rogerson's Mini-Minx will start Round Britain Ireland Record attempt

6th July 2009

Ben Rogerson's support team (including Brian Thompson, Open 60 Vendee Globe Skipper) has today (July 6th) confirmed that he has a green light for a start of his Mini Transat 6.50m Round Britain Ireland record attempt, supporting the charitable organisation 'Toe in the Water'. The start will be tomorrow, Tuesday 7th July 2009, at approx. 1530 hrs from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line.

Andy Cassell, Cowes-based Paralympic Gold medallist, who has helped Ben in his sailing career since the early days, will fire the RYS gun as he crosses the line, and the RYS will take the official time.

With the team putting Mini-Minx through final ground checks and all the gear being loaded and stowed before take-off, Ben and the team will run through a final briefing tomorrow morning before leaving the dock in Shepard's Wharf in West Cowes, Isle of Wight around 1430 hrs.

And so we near the end of the beginning of this challenging undertaking - now the real work starts!

Of course this is not to forget the huge thanks and appreciation due to all the friends and companies in Cowes and on the South Coast who have helped Ben and Mini-Minx get this far.

In Ben's words: "As I have said many times already this Round Britain  Ireland attempt, as a build up to the Mini Transat 2011 Campaign, has been a dream of mine for ages and its absolutely awesome to finally see the start of that dream only 24 hours away. I know I have been a real pain over the past few months to all the friends and companies around here who have helped me, having to constantly beg favours, and borrow bits and pieces all the time, I have felt really bad asking, but to a man they have all been stars and just about put up with me, I cannot thank them enough."

Follow the progress of Ben Rogerson and Mini-Minx here

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