As the Applegreen Sail for Kids crew have under 2 weeks to go to the big race we talk to John Phelan, one of our Applegreen staff members who decided to take part in the challenge:
I signed up for “Applegreen Sail for Kids” 4 Months ago, with absolutely no sailing experience. The nearest I had been on a boat previously was watching the movie ‘Titanic’ and we all know how that ended, so confidence was low!
We began our sailing training with two very brave Applegreen staff members, Stephen Mullaney and Paul Reilly who between them had several years of sailing experience. Coming from a non-sailing backround, Stephen and Paul made the whole learning experience easy and quite enjoyable. (Extra credit to Stephen’s Dad who gave up his boat to use throughout this challenge)
After a two months of training under the watchful eye of Stephen and Paul, our final positions on the boat were divided out. At this stage we had a few hours of sailing under our belt, one race in particular was the Dun Laoghaire to Hollyhead race back in May. In a matter of a two months of training we had gone from sailing around Howth Harbour learning the basics to a full on 60 mile offshore race. Our sailing abilities were now recognised at an international level!
I am delighted to be supporting our Charitable Fund and Applegreen’s cause ‘Supporting Ireland’s Children’ and with the main goal in mind raising much needed funds for our charity partners, Barnardos, ISPCC Childline and DEBRA Ireland.
For me this has been a great experience which has made it really enjoyable with a brilliant crew, there has been a fantastic bond between us all. Let’s hope we all make it round Ireland safe and raise a lot of funds for our charity partners. I look forward to the big race!
The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland’s premier offshore sailing race and is held every two years by Wicklow Sailing Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The 704 nautical mile race was first held in 1980 and still retains the original course; “leave Ireland and all its islands excluding Rockall to starboard.” The race will take place on 18th June 2016. Find out more at http://roundireland.ie/wp/