AZAB 2019 Falmouth to Azores and back


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. 

Blog: https://www.sailblogs.com/member/vikinglord/

Virgin Giving: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnGray39

Paul & John celebrating the rounding of Rockall

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