Tom Webb raises funds for charity in 8 week sailing adventure
In September 2011, 17-year-old Tom Webb achieved his dream of completing the Round Britain Solo Challenge onboard ‘Danera’, his beloved 21′ Beneteau First 211 sailing yacht. This drop keel monohull falls within Design Category B, which means it is designed to cope with up to 4 metre waves and up to Beaufort Scale 8 – ideal for the young adventurer.
“She is a light displacement fast boat that has topped at 13 knots so she is good fun to handle as well as a safe place in heavier weather,” Tom says.
“The twin rudders mean that whatever heel she’s at, she’s good for steering. She’s always light on the helm and the flat stern allows her to plane easily. She’s so light and small, yet feels like a big boat.”
Tom’s voyage took 8 weeks and 39 stops, raising funds along the way for RYA Sailability and Even Keel, charities supporting sailors with disabilities.
The toughest time for the young sailor? “Manoeuvring in 50mph winds for around 6 hours near Bangor, Northern Ireland, was a bit of a challenge, but the boat handled perfectly.”
Most memorable times? “The view of the Scottish mountains and seeing more than 50 dolphins in the Bristol Channel!”
If you want to read more about Tom’s journey and would like to donate to his
charities go to www.tomwebbsailing.com