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LEFT: Post race interview La Solitaire du Figaro


LEFT: Inshore course during Leg 1of the Solitaire du Figaro 2012


I currently have no boat, no sponsor and need to raise £60,000


and develop your skills alongside the very best sailors in the world, without the need to find millions of pounds in order to do so. There is one in 2014/15 and 2017/18. Fortunately there is a rule within the


a million dollar question if ever you saw one. Well not only do you need the results and a diverse set of sailing skills behind you, but also a profile and understanding of how the media and marketing world works in order to generate a big enough return for your sponsor. For instance, we’ve seen huge change in just the last 2 years within the world of social media and how that can generate global coverage for a sponsor - Felix and his space jump with Red Bull being just one example. There are undoubtedly going to be quite a few changes to keep on top of between now and start day.


A good way of building the profile as a RTW sailor is to have done it a few times before, obviously! And the Volvo Ocean Race is a fantastic opportunity to do that. As a fully crewed, stopping, round the world race, it provides opportunities to learn


Henry with Mitch Tonks.


Volvo that a certain number of crew must be under the age of 30 at the start of the race, giving young sailors a fantastic opportunity to get a foot on the ladder. There are also rumours that this may also change to one under 25 and one under 30 for the next race, potentially giving younger guys like myself and others within the Artemis Offshore Academy an even better chance of getting selected for one of the teams.


But in order to do that, I need to be competing at the highest level and be doing well, to prove I am one of the best U25 or U30 sailors in the world. And there is no better place for that than the Figaro Circuit - which brings me back to 4 months from now for the first race on the circuit, and 7 months from now, for the start of La Solitaire du Figaro.


I currently have no boat, no sponsor and need to raise £60 000 between


Solo sailing demo on the River Dart.


now and the end of this year in order to carry out the required training to put myself in a good position to perform well next season. If you are interested in getting involved, or know of anyone who might be, there are a number of ways you can become a part of the journey, from offering help in your particular profession, skill or expertise, to financial help as well. To help raise the £60 000 for next season, I am currently looking for a title sponsor to come onboard the project for £30 000. If this is of interest, then why not get in touch and we can come up with ways to tailor the project around your specific aims and objectives.


For those wishing to help in a smaller way, I am running a Supporters Club where individuals and local businesses and organisations can become a part of the team for 2013. For just £2,000 you will have the opportunity to join the start of La Solitaire du Figaro race at the beginning of June, be invited to complimentary meals at the ‘UK’s Best Restaurant 2012’ - The Seahorse Restaurant in Dartmouth - thanks to Supporters Club member Mitch Tonks as well as have the chance to race onboard the boat for a day at Dartmouth Regatta and Cowes Week.• www.henrybomby.com hello@henrybomby.com twitter: @henrysailing


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