Endurance Challenge Raises Money For Charity

12th February 2018

An ex-Guernseyman will be taking on an Epic Endurance Challenge this year, which will come to an end in the island.

Dave Birch is taking the challenge on, to raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice, and hopes it will take place in May or June this year, depending on the weather.

Dave will be sailing a 12ft laser dinghy single handed, non-stop for at least 150 miles.

The challenge will start in Falmouth, and Dave will pass Plymouth before heading south to Lannion, North Brittany, and then heading north east for the finish in St Peter Port in Guernsey.

It is expected to take up to 36 hours, and Dave will have no shelter from the elements and no auto pilot.

He says:

‘I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t scared about it, because of the extremity of the load it will put on the body, and the focus on the mind with the mental exhaustion that will take place, and that does naturally concern me. And, of course, then there’s the elements. If the winds increase, or the sea state increases, you get more and more risk that’s involved. But, equally, I feel very confident that I’m a determined man and that I will complete this challenge. 

I have some very, very good sponsors. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of the guys at Network Insurance, who have been fundamental with the organisation of this event. Along with Aurigny and Boatworks+. They’ve all been an incredibly great help towards this challenge. Fingers crossed that it all goes to plan, and I look forward to the after-challenge party!’ 

You can find out more and donate to Les Bourgs Hospice on the Epic Sailing website.

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