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I have now set off on my challenge to sail the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to tackle Mother Nature’s elements and raise money for Children in Need. 

The first race of three in my leg starts from San Francisco on April 19  passing under the Golden Gate Bridge and heading south to the Panama. You can follow the race fortunes at www.clipperroundtheworld.com or download the free Yellowbrick app to your smartphone from either the App Store. 

For years I've wanted to learn to sail, but whilst raising two daughters it's been hard to find the time. Eighteen months ago after  a chance meeting with a former crew member, I signed myself up for the Clipper Round The World Race.

Casting off on the 19th April, I'll be sailing 5,500 nautical miles from San Francisco to New York via the Panama Canal aboard the good ship Great Britain. The race sees a fleet of 12 identical 70ft racing yachts each with an experienced skipper and a novice crew, doing battle with some of the toughest conditions Mother Nature can muster up. Having left from London last September, the teams have already journeyed to Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and China and are currently tackling the mammoth Pacific crossing.

A huge amount of preparation has gone into this two month battle with both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, with many wet and windy weekends in the Channel spent preparing for the adventure. Having entirely funded the trip myself, I would now like to use this opportunity to raise money for Children in Need. I would love to raise £1 for every nautical mile I sail. Providing grants to organisations across the UK, Children in Need strive to make sure every child has a safe, happy and secure childhood and that allows them to reach their full potential. Please help to support this fantastic cause.

 

www.clipperroundtheworld.com

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Well done, Lesley!

Donation by Kim Erin Cowley on 27/07/14

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Well done Les. Very proud of you. An amazing challenge and all in a good cause.

Donation by Anne Johnson on 11/06/14

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Congratulations! I bet it was bloody amazing.

Donation by Rory on 10/06/14

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Congratulations Lesley.

Donation by Greg on 09/06/14

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Many congratulations to you and the team for a sterling achievement. Best Alison

Donation by Anonymous on 05/06/14

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Great work Lesley, you're nearly there. Look forward to the story on the daily commute!

Donation by Tony on 02/06/14

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Good luck and keep going!

Donation by Lauren Dunwell on 15/05/14

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Well done on nearly reaching Panama ! Good luck for the next stages. Take care & safe voyage xx

Donation by Fiona on 07/05/14

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Lovin' your blog Lesley!! Keep up the good work! You're amazing!! xx

Donation by Leni x on 06/05/14

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Amazing! Well done Lesley

Donation by Robert Lowe on 06/05/14

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Go Lesley! (and Pudsey!)

Donation by Anonymous on 02/05/14

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Go Lesley and Team Worldwide! Really proud of you!

Donation by Sarah G on 02/05/14

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Good Luck Lesley, well done on supporting such a great charity. Look forward to hearing all your tales from the high sea on your return. Zaffrin x

Donation by Anonymous on 29/04/14

Donation by Karen McKenzie on 28/04/14

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Good luck battling the ocean!!

Donation by Courtney Lee on 23/04/14

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Such a great adventure, I'm properly jealous…have a fantastic time!

Donation by Ben Blomfield on 15/04/14

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Good luck Lesley....try not to fall in!

Donation by Dave Barrett on 14/04/14

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Wow, well done Lesley! Wonderful opportunity, what an adventure. Good luck.

Donation by suzanne wilde on 10/04/14

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Go for it Lesley ! Marcus

Donation by Marcus Arthur on 09/04/14

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I thought you were going on a sailing holiday...was quite surprised (and v impressed) to see what you were actually doing! Way to GO! A big coffee catch-up when you get back! Julia xx

Donation by Julia Rich on 09/04/14

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Sounds like a fabulous challenge. Best of luck Lesley - wishing you a successful trip.

Donation by Ed Hall on 09/04/14

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Good luck!

Donation by Ted Hodgson on 09/04/14

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Sounds like a formidable challenge Lesley - wow. Good luck from me.

Donation by Tom Jones on 09/04/14

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Lesley this is really inspiring. Have an incredible adventure and come back safe and sound.

Donation by Charlotte E on 09/04/14

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Best of luck with this exciting adventure. Look forward to having you back in June.

Donation by David Gibbons on 08/04/14

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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,215.00
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  • Total raised£3,215.00
  • Gift Aid£738.75

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