Richard Mayon White’s diminutive 6.5m Mini Transat yacht ‘Haskapa’ is now at Marina Bay in Gibraltar, from where she will depart next Saturday on her trans-Atlantic solo challenge, following the Tropic of Cancer, and making landfall in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. As long as the weather conditions are right Richard, from Longparish in Hampshire, plans to leave on Saturday 26th October.
His research shows that the forecast is expected to be light, but with favourable winds, which should allow for a break out from the Straits of Gibraltar and to begin the journey south to the Tropic of Cancer.
With the boat re-rigged and launched following her road trip from the UK, Richard is making the last few preparations getting all the survival essentials on-board for the crossing which will take upwards of 28 days, depending on the weather.
Richard is aiming to raise £40,000 to be split equally between two great causes, the Sobell House Hospice in Oxford and the national charity Sail 4 Cancer, which gives respite to cancer sufferers and their families through days out on the water and sailing holidays.
Richard is an experienced ocean sailor, and has already rowed across the Atlantic and cycled many thousands of miles for charity. However this will be the first time he has undertaken a trans-ocean solo voyage.
Richard’s determination to undertake such a tough challenge grew from his experience of the amazing care provided by Sobell House, where his mother spent her last few weeks before her death two years ago. Richards fundraising has already achieved more than a third of his target.
The Tropic of Cancer runs around the Earth at approximately 23 degrees north, marking the most northerly position at which the sun may appear directly overhead. Richard will sail south when he leaves Gibraltar, following the western coastline of Morocco and the Western Sahara, until reaching the Tropic of Cancer which he will follow for 3000 miles until reaching Ft Lauderdale.
The prevailing winds should help him on his way, however tropical storms and even hurricanes could provide some challenges.
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