Charlie’s Titanic Round The World Challenge for NI Children’s Hospice
Newtownabbey resident, Charlie Thompson, will be all at sea this summer as he takes part in the Clipper Around the World yacht race. Newtownabbey's Mayor, Alderman Billy Webb met up with Charlie this week to wish him well.
The huge event, which began in August last year, sees international crews travel 40,000 miles across the globe in ten ocean racing yachts. Divided over eight legs, the race features participants from 13 countries.Charlie is travelling on board the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital boat for the homecoming leg of the race from 1st June to 22nd July.
Racing against nine identical boats Charlie will cover more than 3,800 miles on his journey. The route will replicate the journey Titanic took on its infamous voyage, and will also involve passing over the Flemish Cap, a fishing ground made famous in the film, The Perfect Storm.
During the event, Charlie will be raising much-needed funds for NI Children's Hospice, making a real difference to the lives of local children with life-limiting illnesses.
Charlie, who lives in Glengormley, commented:
“Taking part in the race is a dream come true, and a chance to fulfil a lifetime ambition. After leaving New York, the race calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia, then my home-town of Derry before Den Helder in Holland, finally crossing the finish line in Southampton, a week before the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.
Before being selected for the journey, Charlie completed a pre-qualifying selection process and underwent five weeks of intensive training last summer, four of which were spent at sea.
You can donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/clipperroundtheworld11-12 or text MPQ147 + (your amount) to 70070. The Just Giving site also includes more information about the challenge.
Keep up to date with race progress at www.clipperroundtheworld.com whilst further details on NI Children's Hospice are available from 9078 1836 or www.nihospice.org