Round UK Sailor Reaching Stonehaven

By Jane Cruickshank / August 31, 2021

A SOLO yachtsman who is circumnavigating the UK to raise money for charity should shortly be berthing in Stonehaven.

Retired, Richard Kerswell is making a solo trip around Britain in his McGregor 26 yacht Pegasus to raise funds for two charities:

Give the World a Shot (80%) provides Covid Vaccines for third world countries; and Orphans in the Wild(20%) is an HIV charity for orphan, vulnerable children and foster families in the Mufindi, Tanzania

Richard is progressing well on his trip and is now returning after his sail to the Orkneys and Shetlands down towards the south east of Scotland.  He arrived at Banff two evenings ago and continued to Fraserburgh yesterday following on to Stonehaven today. 

Marion Gough MBE of Orphans in the Wild said: ”This is a brave, adventurous journey for someone by himself, we are trying to spread this news not only for interest but to help this important fundraise.”

This is what he has achieved so far:

24/06 Moved from Penzance to St Ives 25/06 St Ives – Milford Haven 28/06 Milford Haven – Solva 29/06 Solva – Porth Dinlaen 30/06 Porth Dinllan – Caernarfon 01/07 Caernarfon – Puffin Island 02/07 Puffin Island – Iom 04/07 Iom – Belfast 10/07 Belfast – Glasgow 14/07 Largs – Loch Gilp 14/07 Cairmbaas – Crinan Canal 17/07 Loch Crinan – Corryvrecken 17/07 Mull to Iona 19/07 Iona – Eigg – Rum 20/07 Rum – Loch Harport, Isle of Skye 23/07 Loch Harport – Dunvegan West IOS 25/07 Moved up the coast nearer to St Kilda 27/07 Onto St Kilda, Outer Hebrides 27/07 St Kilda – N. Uist 29/07 North Uist to Tarbet 30/07 Moved from Loch Tarbet nearer Stornoway 01/08 Loch Shiel to Stornoway 03/08 Stornoway to Cape Wrath, Loch Eribol 04/08 Loch Eribol to Thurso, Scrabster Harbour 08/08 Thurso to Kirkway 09/08 Kirkwall to Sandbay, Orkney East – 11/08 Sandbay to Fair Isle – 12/08 Fair Isle to Lerwick Marina, Shetlands – 18/08 Lerwick to Sumburgh, Shetlands 19/08 Sumburgh to Sanday, Orkneys 20/08 Stayed overin Sanday due to winds. 22/08 Sanday to Burray,Orkneys 23/08 Burray to Wick, north-east Scotland 27/08 Wick to Helmsdale Harbour 28/08 Helmsdale to Lossiemouth Marina 29/08 Lossiemouth to Whitehills Marina, Banff  TOTAL MILES TO DATE:  1521.8nm

Richard’s progress/photos are regularly being posted on:

John Grisley - September 1, 2021

Awesome to see someone circumnavigate the UK and actually taking in Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Hebrides, Orkneys, and Shetland. This is hard enough, but Solo, in a small 26 foot Trailer Sailor, this is phenomenal Seamanship.
Fair winds and tides to Richard and Pegasus

Marion Gough - August 31, 2021

Thank you for your article. Richard has moored at Peterhead tonight (31/08 /21) because of high winds and rough seas. Tomorrow is forecast 7/8 winds so will stay put, he hopes to move onto Stonehaven Thursday.

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