Kevin Fitzpatrick, the Trust’s Head of Estates and Property, is currently training for the iconic Rolex Fastnet yacht race to raise money for The Disabilities Trust. Can you sponsor him as he embarks on his challenge?
Arguably one of the toughest offshore races in the world, participants in the Fastnet cover 600 miles, from Cowes to the Fastnet lighthouse on the southern tip of Ireland and back, finishing in Cherbourg. It will take around five to six days of full time non-stop sailing to complete on their 72ft world challenge yacht.
In order to take part in the Fastnet itself, Kevin and his team are required to log 300 qualification miles. The pandemic has caused them a few obstacles, but Kevin was still able to take part in some training in Hull with his team mates recently, in preparation for the Fastnet precursory race, which takes place round the Isle of Wight.
Kevin, who is self-funding his entry into the race, told us:
“I have been sailing for a number of years and do spend a bit of time on a three way shared ownership yacht I have in Greece.....sounds swanky but it’s just a caravan on the sea to me! My sailing time is normally quite leisurely and a long stop from some of the more robust stuff I have done in the past. I have always wanted to do the Clipper Round the World yacht race but its more than my budget can stretch to. So, I signed up to the Rolex Fastnet race as I thought I would do something a bit stretching that was in budget, and whilst at it raise money for good causes. I wanted to support the Trust as it’s my own organisation and has been a great place to work, and it does so much good work for the people we support.
Whilst we will not be in a position to win the race, the taking part with some 350 other yachts will be an absolute buzz! It’s also a fantastic opportunity to raise money.”
Any money raised for the Trust will make a huge difference to the people the Trust supports, allowing us to enrich their lives as we support them to live as independently as possible. This can include anything from renovating outdoor spaces to music therapy.