Beginning May 2016, Gary ‘Ted’ Sargent, a sailor from Dublin, will attempt to single-handedly sail a 13-foot dinghy around the entire coastline of Ireland, starting and finishing in Schull, Co. Cork.
Sailing around Ireland is regarded as one the classic circumnavigations, particularly for larger yachts and motor craft. Ireland’s coastline, encompassing the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork to Derry, the rugged coastline of the North of Ireland with limited sea access points, the long sandy beaches of the East Coast, the expansive breath-taking scenery of the Irish coast and world renowned landmarks, islands, inlets, and wildlife are a fitting backdrop to this challenge. Indeed, Ireland’s renowned hospitality makes it an attractive and inspiring setting for this adventure.
Taking the trip on in such a small single-handed sailing dinghy, gives the trip an added edge and makes it a significant physical and mental challenge.
The challenge will take place under the banner of ‘One Wild Ride’ and will raise funds for ChildVision, the only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children.
In addition to charitable fundraising, the challenge is intended to showcase sailing as a sport, our coastline heritage, and in the spirit of adventure, encourage others to challenge themselves and find their extraordinary.
“Personal achievement and record setting aside, our aim is to complete a safe circumnavigation of Ireland, and in doing so, deliver on our fundraising target and goals, on behalf of our chosen charity, sponsors and challenge partners”.