Despite living with a spinal injury and mental health challenges, I’m sailing solo around Britain and Ireland
My sail raises money for the Andrew Cassell Foundation who helped me back on the water and out of a very dark place.
They empower disabled sailors to compete alongside and against able-bodied crew
This sail is in part a way of cementing my rehabilitation, thanking the Andrew Cassell Foundation which is an amazing charity who helped in the first stages of my recovery. It’s also a way of exploring and shaping a new hope and a new future after complications from a spinal injury left me in a nursing home for seven years, in a very dark place.
I’ve been tackling the Round Britain and Ireland challenge since August 2022. Trilleen suffered a setback during launch at Inverness Marina in the spring of 2023 which requiring a new mast. That took until October 2023, and after a delivery passage to the Clyde (Glasgow), I’m now working the boat back up again to begin the next phase of the passage north round Shetland and back to Cowes.
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The sail from Campbeltown to Lamlash was one of those, all too infrequent, rare and privileged days on the water. After what had been an uninspiring, cold and wet set of motor dominated passages from Oban to Campbeltown it was balm for my soul, and a rest for my ears. It’s days like this that…
Trilleen and I marked the arrival of New Years day during the shrouded darkness of a Scottish winter night rounding the Mull of Kintyre. The headland has an evil reputation for angry overfalling waves and eddies to often agitated by violent storms. This New Years morning though it was quiescent in the window between two…
Trilleen is on the move again. It’s a huge relief to be on the way again. The damage to Trilleen’s mast in the start of 2022 resulted severe delays to my attempt to sail round the UK and Ireland solo, raising funds for the Andrew Cassell Foundation, but I’m back on board and getting the…
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Solo Round Britain and Ireland
Sailing solo Round Britain and Ireland is one of the biggest sailing challenges available in home waters. I’m doing with disabilities which affect my mood, mobility and continence which make it an even bigger challenge.
I’m sailing in Trilleen, my aged Vancouver 27 who is on a rehabilitation journey of her own, an 8.5m yacht with a long keel making for a stable and safe sailing platform.
Trilleen and I have planning to sail outside the waypoints for the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race. I began in August 2023. After sailing round Ireland I broke the trip at Islay before moving to Inverness for the winter. Unfortunately a launching disaster also broke the trip when my mast was damaged early in 2023 d
I’ll also be providing disability access advice to waterside locations. Many older people stop sailing because of age acquired disability like arthritis – and young families often find navigating the waterside area with toddlers challenging. Good access benefits everyone…
Donations are via Crowdfunder which accepts all debit and credit cards. Funds raised go direct to the Andrew Cassell Foundation shortly after you give.
About the Andrew Cassell Foundation
The Andrew Cassell Foundation is a unique charity that helps disabled people reach maximum independence on the water as sailors. Using racing training, advanced coaching and skilled mentoring the Foundation enables and equips people to take up or resume sailing as a sport for life.
The Foundation makes outsize impacts on the lives and rehabilitation journeys of those who participate in its training. In my case it has been a critical part of my returning to independent living.