Ever wondered what its like to sail the oceans in a small sailing boat?
Local man John Gray and skipper Paul McSorley from Derry are soon
setting out on a race that will take them 1200 miles into the North
Atlantic. While you listen to the shipping forecast while tucked up in
bed, the intrepid duo will experience it in every detail.
The race, AZAB 2019, organised by Falmouth Yacht Club, Cornwall starts
from Falmouth on 1st June 2019 with a finish line 1200 miles away in
Ponta Delgata in the Azores. Needless to say thats not the end of it,
for a few days after arriving the return race commences with a return to
Falmouth in early July.
Neither Paul nor John are strangers to the sport, with Paul having
rounded Cape Horn in an old sailing square rigger, and John raced from
London to Rio as well as many 1000s of miles Irish and Scottish waters
cruising between them and including a trip to Brest, France. To even
qualify to take part in the race they had to demonstrate to the
organisers sailing ability. This was adequately delivered in a round
trip from Lough Swilly Co Donegal to Rockall – a tiny isolated rock
outcrop approx 250 miles NW of Tory Island. Celebrating this
achievement in the photo.
You will be able to track the voyage and receive email updates on
websites – and if you enjoy the posts please donate to their chosen
charities of Motor Neurone Disease Association (NI) and Habitat for
Humanity who build homes in Africa using Virgin Giving.
Virgin Giving: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnGray39