Richard Tolkien – Round the World Trip

Club member, Richard Tolkien, winner of the Round Britain and Ireland Race 1998, left Plymouth on Tuesday afternoon to sail solo around the world by way of the three great capes, the Cape of Good Hope, Leeuwin in Western Australia and Cape Horn. He is sailing Rosalba, a 60- foot monohull built in 2002 and extensively refitted and prepared for the voyage.

The passage is some 27,000 miles and could take around 110 days. Fewer people have completed such a voyage than ascend Everest in a single year (at this point just 199 have made the solo voyage compared to more than 4,000 who have summited Everest, with now around 800 attempts a year). Richard is hoping to raise money for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research, who promote the quality of life for spinal cord injured people. To read more about this and to donate go to to www.lifeafterparalysis.com or www.smsr.org.uk

To follow the progress of his journey go to https://my.yb.tl/rosalbavoyage

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