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The Challenge of A Lifetime on yacht Qingdao!

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Julian Lowes

There's a time for many people when they want to undertake an extreme challenge that fulfils their needs while providing benefits for many others!

Raising money for multiple charities

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After a full and active working life as a secondary school teacher, and a loving husband, father and now grandpa, I have always tried to do my best and live a life that benefits others.
So while enjoying the benefits and freedoms from mine and my wife's efforts, I recognised the bounty that came from the work and sacrifice of those who came before us. I therefore wanted to leave the world a better place by giving something back both now and into the future.
Accordingly, there comes a time in a person's life when they can and should step up and go that extra mile for the benefit of others while perhaps engaging in something extraordinary and personally challenging.
I feel that my time for this is now!
So not wanting to drift into old age quietly, my affinity and great respect for the sea, caused me to look towards distant horizons for my post-retirement challenge.
So with the full support of my family and friends I decided not just to go the extra mile, but some 21000 of them by raising money for deserving causes while participating in the  2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Event details

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2017-18

With the Clipper RTW Race starting in Liverpool on the 20th August 17, I must wait until Jan 18 and leg 5 with it's Airlie Beach, Australian summer start and Chinese winter finish in Qingdao, 53 days & 6300 Nautical Miles later.
While fulfilling various roles at sea during 4 hourly watches, as the "Stop-Over Manager", I also have the job of programming repairs, safety and rig checks, crew changes, and the various events our hosts and sponsors ask us to attend. Sight seeing? I very much doubt it!
The mighty Pacific Leg soon follows taking us into Seattle USA, some 33 days, 5700 Nm later. As possibly the most challenging leg, with fierce unpredictable storms and severe cold, we need to be ready! I therefore expect us to be very busy beavers indeed with so many issues and repairs to address prior to the start of Leg 7; the race to New York via the Panama Canal. This will provide both intense heat and cold over 38 days, and 5400 Nm before the final leg; an intense race across the North Atlantic into Londonderry and then Liverpool 22 days and 3500 Nm later. After the trip of a lifetime seeing family, friends, and a hot shower while doing good for others; Priceless!

Event date

15-January-2018 00:00  - 
28-July-2018 00:00

Event type

Overseas challenge

Event is completed



Thank you for speaking at our recent lunch where our guests were fascinated by your experiences. We're happy to support your wonderful fund raising. Good luck and thank you.
Donation by Niccola Boyd Stevenson
on 29-11-2018
£0.00 gift aid
All the best mate - sounds like it is going to be a great adventure. Deryk & Carol
Donation by Deryk Beeson
on 09-01-2018
£12.48 gift aid
on 08-01-2018
£12.48 gift aid
Go Jools
Donation by Steve and Christine
on 16-11-2017
£4.99 gift aid
Donation by Sarah Pockett
on 06-10-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck Julian!
Donation by Sibo & Geoff
on 01-10-2017
£25.03 gift aid
Good luck Julian. Enjoy the adventure!
Donation by Chris & Harry
on 21-08-2017
£4.99 gift aid
We have huge respect for you undertaking this challenge Julian! Hope you enjoy every minute and come back safely. Great range of well deserving charities also.
Donation by Mark and the Team at MSB & co
on 28-07-2017
£25.03 gift aid
What a challenge!! We wish you a safe and speedy journey of a lifetime. Good luck.
Donation by Vern and Family.
on 24-07-2017
£4.99 gift aid
Good luck!!!!
Donation by Jonno
on 20-07-2017
£2.53 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £520.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £520.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £615.05

Donations closed

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