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A Girl to Watch
October 27th, 2010 @ 07:34 PM EST by admin

noted by Faith Seekings

Last summer I had the pleasure to meet a woman on a mission. Diane Reid has a dream of racing in the 2011 Mini Transat Race from France to Brazil (that’s 4,300 nautical miles) in a 6.5 meter open class Mini single handed. Yes, single handed!

Preparing for a race like this takes a lot of work, support and green. Diane started early, knowing she needed professional help to make a real go of it in order to get what she needed. Tapping the close-knit Toronto sailing community, she approached me to help with her logo and website. I do something pro bono every summer, usually for dogs or kids. I was quickly won over by her passion for this race. I agreed.

She made the rounds at local yacht clubs over the winter. Many of you may have seen her at a Sailor’s Night at the National in March. Most of us watched her presentation awestruck at what she was undertaking, trying to wrap our heads around what it took to get there (just qualifying races sound brutal), then the 30 day race itself. There were lots of questions including ‘Are you nuts?’ Don’t tell her, but that was me, and I think she is… a little.

Diane in her Mini

On her website you can learn all about the master plan, follow Diane on her her fundraising efforts and as she travels the world for the qualifying races over the winter. I see the home page has been changed to read 2013, so perhaps there was a set-back, but she’s not the kind of girl to give up.

Check out her website and blog at