• AFP-Jiji


James Harayda, displaying the natural steeliness of a sailor, picked himself up from the disappointment of his Olympic dream being dashed and is bidding to become the youngest competitor in the 2024 Vendee Globe.

The 24-year-old Singaporean-born yachtsman may never have experienced sailing in the Southern Ocean but history-making female mariner Dee Caffari, who competed in the 2009 Vendee Globe, believes he has the qualities to thrive in perhaps the toughest challenge in yachting.

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