Scottish-based sailing charity able2sail launches its 3 LightHouse Challenge

A team of challengers are gearing up for a 700-plus mile sail and cycle in aid of one of

Scotland’s charities for the disabled.

The inaugural 3 LightHouse

Challenge has been launched by able2sail. It will start from The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Friday 23 May 2014.

Six volunteers will endeavour to cycle and sail more than 1,141km of

Scotland’s most dramatic landscapes and sailing waters.

In six days the team aim to cycle to Oban,

set sail on able2sail, the charity’s own yacht for the sail and cycle round the

Outer Hebrides, before returning to Oban and cycling back to Glasgow.

It is hoped the 3 Lighthouse Challenge will be a key fundraiser for the

charity, which last year took more than 130 clients, friends and carers out sailing

on the Clyde and the waters of Argyll.

All the opportunities able2sail provides to the disabled community are free of

charge by a committed group of volunteers.

Charity chairman Gerry Campbell said: ‘Sailing truly enables

people to be free of their disabilities. With us they are part of the team and

the crew, irrespective of their disability or sailing experience.’

How will the challenge work?

The team is made up of volunteers and members of the able2sail

Youth Forum: David Hill, Gillian Bruce, Laura Carrick, Aimee Williams, Neil MacDonald and Fraser Hamilton.

For the sailing legs, the team of six will be joined by one of the charity’s expert skippers and members of crew.

Throughout

the land parts of the challenge, a small support team will provide

safety cover, help with punctures etc and of course provide the much

needed snacks and warm cups of tea.

A yacht delivery team will take

able2sail from her home port at Kip Marina to Oban for the start of the

sailing aspects of this fundraising adventure.

Find out more about the 3

Lighthouse Challenge and how to sponsor the team at www.able2sail.org.uk