British Adventurer Jasmine Harrison gears up in Plymouth for the Globe 5.8 Transat ahead of her epic solo Mini-Globe Race.
British adventurer Jasmine Harrison is no stranger to new challenges; in 2021, aged 21, she achieved worldwide recognition by becoming the youngest solo female to row the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days. Less than a year later, Jasmine became the first female (and third person ever) to swim the entire length of the British Isles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, 900 miles, in 110 days. Jasmine is now on course for her next big ocean challenges, the Globe 5.8 Transat in November 2023 and the mini-globe race in November 2025.
The Mini Globe Race, commencing in November 2025, will see Jasmine sailing single-handed in her Globe 5.8m boat, ‘Numbatou’, for 14 months, sailing (west) around the world from Antigua to Antigua. The race is expected to cover around 23,500 miles and pass through Panama, Fiji, Darwin, Cape Town, and St Helena.
Jasmine is currently gearing up for the Globe 5.8 Transat challenge to help prepare for the 2025 Mini Globe Race. The Transat will see Jasmine sail solo for 3,600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, from Lagos, Portugal, to Antigua, with only one stop without assistance. Jasmine’s boat is currently berthed at Mayflower Marina, Plymouth, where she is undertaking a period of boat preparation and additional sailing practice ahead of her next challenges.
Jasmine says, “Preparing for the race will consist of sailing lots, learning about Numbatou, my boat and how we can work together. Fixing things when something breaks is also key to my preparation and getting the idea that I won’t be home for a long time. The sailing practice will take many different forms from dinghy sailing to actual fitness, and I hope to be out on the water from my closest port in Hartlepool down to Plymouth, where I sailed her into Mayflower from France in May.”
Charles Bush, Managing Director at Mayflower Marina, says, “We were delighted that Jasmine chose to berth her Globe 5.8 ‘Numbatou’ at Mayflower Marina. Jasmine is an extraordinary and inspiring young woman who, not content to rest on her laurels, has set herself ambitious new challenges in this small yacht. We are pleased to offer Jasmine free use of our marina to support her endeavours and wish her every success.”
Having raised over £30k for environmental causes, Jasmine remains a keen advocate for ocean health, sharing her stories through talks while taking on micro-adventures. Jasmine strongly believes that age, gender, and background is no barrier to a positive mindset. She is keen to encourage everyone to be self-reliant, and “if someone wants to take on a personal challenge of any level, they should just do it”.
Jasmine remains undaunted by her adventures and says, “I’ve loved doing my challenges so far, being in and around the water. Now I’m so excited to refine my sailing skills by going on the most extreme adventure, and possibly will be the most challenging to date. I can’t wait to see the world!”
To find out more about Mayflower Marina, visit www.mayflowermarina.co.uk