AN EDINBURGH businessman is to set sail on the “challenge of a lifetime” as he prepares to take on one of the world’s most daunting boat races to help raise money for a local charity.
Angus Kirk will cover a mammoth 8500 nautical miles when he takes to the seas as part of the world-famous ‘Clipper Round the World’ sail to raise money for city charity ‘Good 2 Give’.
Mr Kirk, managing director of Stockbridge-based Bridge Investments, will be at sea for eight weeks during the colossal challenge, despite having no previous sailing experience.
Mr Kirk, who turned 50 on September 5, will depart Edinburgh for Uruguay on September 27 before sailing the Atlantic to Cape Town and then across the Pacific to Freemantle, Western Australia to cross the finish line.
The race was first conceived in 1995 and has run every two years since, attracting some of the world’s top endurance sailing teams over it’s 22-year history.
However, a number of amateur sailors also compete in the race.
Mr Kirk, who lives in Kirkliston, wants to raise £10 per nautical mile for the Good 2 Give’s ‘Ripple Retreat,’ a holiday retreat for young cancer patients and their families based on the banks of Loch Venachar.
The father of four will board the Garmin yacht - the third time the vessel has competed in the race - for the voyage with the hope of completing the race by Sunday, December 3.
However, he admitted the thought of crossing two oceans with little experience on the boat was a daunting prospect.
He said: “I have mixed emotions as I approach this epic adventure, some of excitement and some of absolute terror. I was approaching my fiftieth year and I wanted to do something truly transformational in my life and combine this with trying to raise as much money as I could for a really worthwhile cause.
“I had been touched by the great work the Good 2 Give team does, especially in making the Ripple Retreat a reality.”
Lynne McNicoll OBE, co-founder of Good 2 Give said: “We are super impressed at Angus’ challenge and his drive and determination to complete it.”
“His support means a great deal to us and every penny he raises will go towards our stunning Ripple Retreat..
“We opened it in May and already seven families have enjoyed a short break there. All who have stayed have remarked on the memories they have made in a short stay.”
“We wish Angus well in his endeavours and hope he enjoys the memories he will make.”
Mr Kirk will continue to accept donations throughout the race on his online fundraising page.