Trinity Sailing Club will be organising a charity run next Saturday 23rd May in aid of RNLI and Jigsaw, in conjunction with the sailing clubs of Universities around Ireland writes Hannah Collins
As all on-the-water activities are curtailed during lockdown, Trinity Sailing Club will be organising an IUSA (Irish University Sailing Association) Round-Ireland Run in aid of the RNLI and Jigsaw to fill the time for some great causes. Beginning on May 23, participants will attempt to run/walk/cycle a combined 704 nautical miles (1,300 km) around Ireland. The current record by sail is held by a Mod 70, completing the circumnavigation in 38 hours and 37 minutes. We will be attempting to beat this by combining participants’ distances covered individually on foot in accordance with government COVID-19 guidelines.
Each participant will run/walk/cycle individually within their own 5-kilometre radius and everyone’s combined distance will be virtually tracked by Trinity Sailing. The challenge hopes to see not only current students but also alumni and friends of all of the student sailing clubs in Ireland take part, with sailors from UCD, DCU, TUD, UCC, CIT, NUIG, QUB, UL and RCSI joining the effort.
Both the RNLI and Jigsaw rely heavily on fundraising efforts which have been de-railed by the pandemic. As sailors we all greatly appreciate the work of RNLI, providing safety and saving lives on the water year-round as we enjoy our sailing. Jigsaw also provides an essential service of support for young people struggling with their mental health and since 2008 they have reached 32,000 people and saved countless lives with their work. Organisations like Jigsaw have become particularly vital during this crisis and this run provides a perfect opportunity for sailors to give back to causes we appreciate so much. You can also follow along with us live on the Trinity Sailing Instagram, which will show updates on how our participants are comparing to the speed of the Mod 70’s passage. We would encourage anybody who can, sailor or non-sailor, to join us in putting our newfound free time to good use and donating through our go fund me page.
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