Steve and Barney sail around Britain and Ireland
We are sailing in the Round Britain and Ireland Race, a 2,000 mile race starting from Plymouth on 3rd June and we hope to finish around 3 weeks...
Raising money for
The Forget-me-Not Chorus
We are keen sailors who live and work in Cardiff and sail from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and Penarth Yacht Club on the Bristol Channel, and in the case of Steve from New Quay Yacht Club in West Wales.
We both grew up in Torbay and as teenagers raced lasers and other dinghies. This will be our first experience of long distance and double handed yacht sailing.
Steve is married to Emma and has two daughters - Rhiannon (19) and Beca (17). Barney is also married to Emma (different Emma) and has two sons - Chris (22) and Harry (19) and a daughter, Honor (13). Their families will be waving them off with a smile from Plymouth on the big day.
Eating on board the boat whilst as sea will be a challenge, and Steve and Barney plan to live off freeze dried meals, pot noodles and cupa-soups, with the occasional apple to give balance to the diet.
Navigation will be performed with the use of a sextant and an i-pad, and on the simple premise that we will be going in the right direction if we leave all land on our right hand side.
Three weeks plus, in a confined space is a challenge for any couple so it's a good job that Steve and Barney are good friends.
Round Britain and Ireland Race 2018
The Round Britain & Ireland race is organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth and takes place every 4 years.
The race starts in Plymouth and course involves circumnavigating mainland Britain and Ireland in a clock-wise direction, with stops in Kinsale, Stornaway, Lerwick and Lowestoft. In total it will involve around 2,000 miles of sailing over around 21 days.
Our boat is named "Bluejay" and is a 36 foot long sailing yacht and its class is a J-109. We usually sail the boat with a crew of between 6 and 8 people, so we have adapted it for double handed sailing.
We expect each stage to take between 48 and 72 hours, of non-stop sailing and that will involve sailing through the nights. The challenge is to keep sailing at full pace whilst remaining safe and awake. We will adopt a watch / shift system so that at night one of us is always awake and sailing the boat whilst the other is sleeping.
In sailing terms we see this as the equivalent of running 5 marathons with a 48 hour gap between each one. Our aim is to finish in a respectable time, to have an unforgettable time and to raise money for a fantastic cause.
Event is completed
with gift aid: £2,696.25
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