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John Gray

Racing in Azores and Back AZAB2019 Yacht race

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My story

[p]Winner of lapsed time estimate goes to:[/p][p]William and Karen on Melodrama: 27d 04h 15m 01s[/p][p]Actual official lapsed time: 24d 8h 45m 58s [/p][p]Thanks very much to everyone who donated to these 2 worthy charities.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Track the race at [url=https://azab.co.uk/]https://azab.co.uk/[/url][/p][p]Follow the daily blog: https://www.sailblogs.com/member/vikinglord/[/p][p]Track us on https://marinetraffic.com/ and search for Viking Lord[/p][p]To help raise vital funds for two exceptional charities - Motor Neurone Disease Association NI and Habitat for Humanity NI - myself and team mate and skipper Paul McSorley will be taking Viking Lord on a long ocean race. The Azores and Back 2019, covering 2400 miles, starts from Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall on 1st June 2019, to the town of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, part of the Azores Islands in the mid-atlantic. With a fair wind, we estimate the round-trip will take us about 4 weeks to complete – four hours sailing, four hours sleeping. Having sailed since we were teenagers, Paul and I are under no illusions as to the gruelling challenge ahead of us – it’s not for the faint-hearted or super sensible! We fully expect to be tested mentally, emotionally and physically so we’re both anxious and excited in equal measure.[/p][p]We have already completed a qualifying 500mile round trip to Rockall (an isolated wave swept rock approx. 250 miles due North West of Tory island - photo below).[/p][p]There will a satellite track of progress and we hope to update a daily blog on a website (URL pending)[/p][p]Track the race at [url=https://azab.co.uk/]https://azab.co.uk/[/url][/p][p]Follow the daily blog: https://www.sailblogs.com/member/vikinglord/[/p][p]Please support us and the vital work of these two deserving charities – everything raised will be split equally between [b]Motor Neurone Disease Association NI [/b]supporting those living with MND and their families here in Northern Ireland and [b]Habitat for Humanity NI[/b] delivering hope and homes for vulnerable people both at home and abroad - especially after the impact of storm Idai. [/p]
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Jul 18, 2019

Eugene McReynolds

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 15, 2019

Yer Man Flanagan

Well done team on a fabulous effort...heroic stuff! What’s next?

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 9, 2019

Mailasail AZAB2019 Crews and Teams

Donated by crews, supporters, race organisers and members of Club Naval Ponta Delgada at the AZAB2019 Dinner Sun 16 June. Many thanks once again for your donations and generosity.


Jul 1, 2019


Whoa not last

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 19, 2019

June Gray

Brilliant effort John and Paul Looking forward to you crossing the finishing line Mum and Dad June and Dermot


Jun 19, 2019


Fantastic effort John and Paul Fingers crossed for completion of the race. Karen and Chris


Jun 19, 2019

Andy Hudson

Ahoy there ship mates

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 14, 2019

John D

Good on ya John! Hope alls going well


Jun 3, 2019

Pat and Maureen Hassett

The best of luck to Paul and John on their trip to the Azores and back.Have a safe one. I predict a time of 30 days, Pat and Maureen LSYC.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 3, 2019