White says it’s all linked to sexism around #sailing, although she hasn’t experienced it directly herself. She tells me that it’s obvious in competitions, such as the recent #America’s Cup – the world’s largest and most famous sailing event – where there were six teams but not one female sailor.
“He always says, ‘no it’s hers’ and they can’t believe it. But moments later I’m on the water smashing the wind surface, going far faster than them and anyone else.
The danger aspect of White’s goal is so severe that people are frequently surprised she’s taking it on as a woman – they expect a man to attempt a sailing challenge so extreme.
White’s new boat, called Project Speedbird, is designed to help her complete this mission. It’s so impressive that it was on display at the Science Museum earlier this summer, but it’s also incredibly dangerous.
“It’s unbelievably scary,” says White, 32 who lives in north London. “I’ve been covered in bruises, scars and beaten to death from my training. I turned up to a beauty event recently with a black eye.”