One of my ambitions for when I had more time, (note, not retire), was to learn to sail and then to compete in the iconic Fastnet Race. The Fastnet starts in Cowes on the Isle of White, goes West to a rock with a lighthouse on it, the Fastnet rock, which is off the Southern tip of Ireland, and returns to Plymouth on the South West Coast of England, a distance of 608 nautical miles.
- My adventure started here (Photo 1) – not very glamorous but necessary to learn Day Skipper Theory.
- I then moved to here (Photo 2) – for my day skipper practical – again not glam.
- Then I spent time in a swimming pool and classroom here (Photo 3) – Andark training company Southampton www.andark.co.uk
- Even less glam - learning how to get into and out of a life raft and how to scare sharks away if my navigation skills went astray and I ended up in the Pacific rather than the Celtic sea.
- Finally, I landed here (Main image), on Incisor, a 45ft Corby racing yacht owned by Cowes racing school and skippered by the sailing legend that is Chippy.
Well, I thought it would be a good idea to use my challenge to raise some money for the Hammersmith and Fulham branch of Mencap.
Why Mencap? My elder daughter Sasha, a truly beautiful 23-year-old, has a chromosomal deletion which has significantly impacted her ability to learn. For the last seven years she has also suffered with significant mental health issues. Throughout that period HF Mencap have helped a lot. Sasha, you will be pleased to know is now much better.
So please donate what you can to help others who must deal with challenges which are a million times greater than those which most of us must contemplate. The fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bill-Waite
If you would like to you can track Incisor's progress during the yacht races at www.ybtracking.com
At the end of the campaign, I will update you on how we got on.
Thank you once again.