Barry Chamblain is nearly five months into his sail around the world and aims to raise as much money as possible for his wife’s tribute fund held with the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity. We spoke to Barry before he left and this is his story:
“Sailing has been one of my passions since I was a child, and like many who harbour dreams, one of mine was to take on a real challenge under sail. When I first met my late wife in 2007, half way up the Atlas Mountains in Morocco; it soon became apparent that “challenges” was one of the many passions we shared. Beca regularly engaged in physical activity, from cycling to running and sought regular opportunities to raise money for charities. She also enjoyed sailing, and still holds the top speed ever set on my sailing boat.
Now, I am realising my dream – in difficult personal circumstances, but I know Beca would be supportive. Like her, I want to maximise the potential of racing under sail, this time around the world, and add to the £20,000 that has been raised, in her memory, for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was conceived by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give individuals from all walks of life and a wide variety of backgrounds, the opportunity to experience the challenge of ocean racing, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. What an experience!!! We will be members of a unique group, smaller in number than those who have climbed Everest!
Setting off from the Solent on July 31st, we will sail and race over 40,000 miles. If all goes well, I’ll be back in the Solent on 22nd July 2012. The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity will benefit financially, and my passion will have been fulfilled – for now!
My ambition now is to complete the challenge and in doing so, swell her tribute fund to enable the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity to continue its challenging work in support of the Children’s Hospital of Wales.”
Over the years, Tribute Funds created in memory of loved ones have proved vital to our work towards a world-class Children’s Hospital for Wales.
Visit our Tribute Fund page for more information.