A GALWAY man who is solo sailing around Ireland to raise funds for Croi, the heart and stroke charity, has been navigating the coast of West Cork.
Richard Hayes has described the epic journey as ‘one tiny boat, but one massive trip for charity.’
The boat, a laser dinghy, which weighs less than 57 kg, is one of the smallest boats ever, and is not much longer than the average kitchen table.
Richard said: ‘The entire challenge is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete and will involve dealing with everything from rough seas to difficult currents.’
The “Solo Sail Ireland” challenge began on May 27th from the Galway Bay Sailing Club in Renville, Oranmore, and by Friday, August 17th Richard had made it to the Mizen Peninsula where he took time out to meet members of the Goleen Coast Guard unit before journeying on to Dursey on Tuesday.
Richard said he chose the charity Croi as the beneficiary of the fundraising aspect of his journey because he and his family have experienced ‘the seriousness of not having timely access to a defibrillator. He said: ‘I know how important they can be in saving lives and that is why all of the money raised will help fund defibrillators in areas most needed in the community, as well as supporting Croi in preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke.’
Richard’s fundraising target is €25,000 and people can donate up to October 31st next.