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    Emma Creighton, smiling and sailing, will be the only US woman competing in the 2011
    Transat


    Most of you know we have been covering Emma Creighton's Mini Transat campaign from the beginning and are pleased as punch that the petite skipper with Bay Area roots has completed the vast array of obstacles to be qualified to represent the USA in this years Transat Ocean Race! And now that she jumped all the hurdles, she' had time to actually sit down and write a formal press release which we now present to you. Asof this writing, Emma's winging it to Hawaii to help bring home the Open 50' "Truth" back to the Bay Area. When she get's here, us at PD would love to help arrange a proper send off party! We'll post details as they get created!

    Go Pocket Rocket!!!


    For Immediate Release:
    Solo and Unassisted—American Classe Mini Skipper Emma Creighton Takes On
    the 2011 Mini Transat 6.50


    Lorient, France, July 15, 2011—In the world of European offshore sailing, having
    a dialed-in shore team and plenty of sponsorship is rapidly becoming the norm,
    making it much harder for “regular” sailors to participate. Amongst her fellow
    skippers participating in the 2011 Mini Transat Race, American Emma Creighton
    stands out for several important reasons. If successful, she will become the
    second American female skipper to complete the 4,200-mile ocean race that starts
    in La Rochelle, France and ends in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. But unlike her fully
    sponsored rivals, Creighton is also preparing USA 574—her 21-foot carbon-fiber
    Classe Mini raceboat—alone in France, without a title sponsor and without
    speaking French. She is also one of just four women competing in the 2011 Mini
    Transat, and the only female skipper racing in the prestigious Prototype class.


    Despite these hurdles, Creighton remains steadfast and confident in her goal.
    “Running this campaign has been the most complex challenge of my life,” said
    Creighton. “I grew up on a small island in Maine—I was around boats my whole
    life, but I didn’t start racing until I got to college. This is on a whole new level.”
    Like all sane singlehanded skippers, Creighton built up to her Mini Transat
    campaign. After graduating from Tufts University in 2007, Creighton worked
    delivering boats up and down the east coast, before relocating to San Francisco in
    early 2009 to take advantage of its big-breeze and high-seas training conditions.




    In 2010 Creighton raced in the Pacific Cup, sailing USA 574 from Los Angeles to
    Hawaii with co-skipper Andy Hamilton. “Racing to Hawaii was a great time, but
    I had Andy with me,” said Creighton. “For the Mini Transat, I’ll be facing every
    sail change and gear failure myself. That’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m
    confident that I have the miles and the experience to safely get myself—and USA
    574—to Brazil.”


    Since shipping USA 574 to France in January 2011, the 26-year-old skipper has
    been working nonstop to prepare for the September 25, 2011 start. But unlike
    virtually all of her European competition, Creighton currently lacks a title
    sponsor. “My competition is fully sponsored and logoed,” she said. “It’s hard to
    do it all on my own, in a country where I don’t speak the language, but it’s all
    part of the challenge.”


    Given the serious nature of sailing a 21-foot boat across a vast ocean, the rules
    require each skipper to have sailed a 1,000-mile solo run in their boat prior to the
    start, a box that Creighton checked earlier this week. “It was really long,” she
    said. “I had no wind for the first three days, and then I had to beat the whole
    way back into 25-30-knot headwinds. I put up the kite for the last 12 hours, but
    otherwise I was on the breeze the whole time.” Creighton also raced in the
    singlehanded Trophée Marie-Agnès Péron 2011 and the Pornichet Select, both
    with solid results; additionally, she and fellow American Classe Mini skipper
    Jesse Naimark-Rowse raced the 2011 Mini Fastnet aboard USA 574.


    Creighton will be racing in the Prototype class for the 2011 Mini Transat, a class
    that encourages state-of-the-art innovations such as carbon-fiber hulls and spars,
    canting keels, water-ballast tanks and articulating bowsprits. While these
    technologies allow her tiny boat to reel off 275-mile days and tickle top speeds of
    20+ knots, they demand hard-won experience to know when to push hard and
    when to ease off the accelerator to avoid calamity.




    The 2011 Mini Transat starts on September 25 off of La Rochelle, France. From
    there, the 84 registered boats will race 1,100 miles across the Bay of Biscay, then
    down the coast of Portugal to Madeira, where the fleet rests and makes repairs
    before re-starting and racing the final 3,100 miles to the finishing line in Salvador
    de Bahia, Brazil. All told, the 2011 Mini Transat represents 4,200 miles of racing, a
    1,000-mile qualifier and many, many months of preparation, planning and
    training.


    “This isn’t exactly a casual day of yachting,” said Creighton with a laugh, “but
    doing the Mini Transat is about digging deep and seeing how far you can push
    yourself and your boat, while still practicing good seamanship. I’m excited to get
    out there and see what I can do against many of the world’s best offshore
    skippers.”


    Please follow Creighton’s campaign via her website (http://emmacreighton.net)
    or Facebook (search: Emma Creighton) and please stand by for more media
    updates as the race approaches.
    ---END---
    Interview requests and sponsorship inquiries are always welcome. Please
    contact:
    Emma Creighton, Skipper, USA 574
    Tel: U.S. Mobile: +1 508 736 7616; French Mobile: +33 (0)6 45 86 51 96
    E-mail: emmatcreighton@gmail.com
    http://emmacreighton.net/
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