Michael Goodwin is sailing round Britain to raise money for research into cystic fibrosis. He invites you to join him
This summer and next Michael Goodwin, a retired Staffordshire University professor, is sailing his Bavaria 37 Blue Star round Britain with a friend. At the same time they hope to raise £6,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by inviting crew to join them aboard for stages of the voyage – guests will be asked to donate to the charity in return for a week’s sailing.
Blue Star will leave Lymington in May for a planned eastabout circumnavigation of Britain. Michael intends to spend ten weeks sailing to northern Scotland this summer and a further ten weeks in 2016 returning via the Irish Sea.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity close to Michael’s heart as his son, Daniel, has the condition. He is now 34 and is unfortunately not well enough to join his father on the voyage. “I used to be a regular on my father’s sailing trips, but sadly now my health means I can’t,” says Daniel, who works for an IT company.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition which causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation. Says the charity’s fundraising manager Serena Wilson: “With the help from challenges like this one we are able to fund research into better treatment for those with the condition.”
Michael would also be keen to hear from businesses that might like to sponsor his challenge.