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Devon sailor prepares for OSTAR

Cumming ready for OSTAR challenge

Devon sailor Rob Cumming has been putting the finishing touches to his yacht ahead of the OSTAR race, which starts on 25 May.

The 19-year-old, from Plymouth, is one of the youngest skippers in the fleet of around 30 boats who will navigate the Atlantic single-handed.

"The main job has been the keel," he told BBC Spotlight.

"We have been putting the original design back together because of some technical issues."

Cummings added: "Apart from that it's been cleaning up and giving the boat a bit of a polish."

Cumming has enlisted the help of friends and family and described the work on his boat Ego-Tripp as "a feat of engineering".

The OSTAR is the world's oldest solo ocean race and is open to both professional and amateur sailors.

The 2009 edition of the race gets underway from Plymouth next Monday and with the field wide open, Cumming is looking forward to the start of competition.

"It's been such a race to get here that in all honesty I'm just happy to be there," he said.

"But also it's been great to meet the other skippers and hopefully I'll get some good racing against them."


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