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Disathairne, 05/Jan/2013

Laser Sailing from Portrush to Islay for the RNLI

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People have windsurfed to Islay, people have kayaked to Islay and Al Mennie has even paddled a surfboard across the North Channel to Islay. Now John Lynn has come up with the latest charity challenge to arrive on Islay from Northern Ireland:

Picture of a man sailing a Laser dinghy

John is planning to sail his Laser single-handed dinghy from Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland across the North Channel to Port Ellen on Islay. The distance is 32 nautical miles and while Sir Ben Ainslie might be able to do it a bit quicker John thinks he'll need an estimated 6-8 hours for the crossing. He hopes to complete the challenge in spring, in April or May, when it is warmer and the days are longer. As mentioned in the introduction John isn't just doing this for fun, no, he is doing it for two reasons:

John will be sailing in the memory of his father Robert Lynn (who windsurfed the same route in the 1980s) and to raise funds in aid of the Portrush Lifeboat Station / RNLI. To support him and to donate head over to John's JustGiving page in aid of the RNLI. To keep up with his plans follow John on his john lynn Twitter account.

PS: I used to sail a Laser competitively in my teens and early twenties. Depending on the wind and wave conditions John has got his work cut out I think, it's definitely not an easy challenge!

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