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Young competitor signs up for solo circumnavigation

One of Britain's acclaimed young sailors has confirmed his entry into the oldest solo round the world yacht race - the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans (formerly the BOC Challenge).

Nineteen-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors for the 30,000-mile Velux 5 Oceans race, which starts in France in October.

Oscar hit the headlines last year after becoming, at the age of 18, the youngest person ever to compete in the Original Single-Handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). Now a year older, the unstoppable young sailor has set his sights on the huge challenge of the Velux 5 Oceans, dubbed the Ultimate Solo Challenge.

"I plan to enter the Velux 5 Oceans not as an adventure, but as a race which I will try to win," Mead said.

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