I'm Ruth, age 30, and am £2000 short of the 50K needed to carry out my dream to sail round the world with the Clipper 2015/16 Yacht Race.

Project aim

I'm Ruth, age 30, and am £2000 short of the 50K needed to carry out my dream of sailing round the world with the Clipper 2015/16 Yacht Race. I want those who support me to expereince the journey too through my blogging and photos. 

About the project

I am Ruth, a 30 year old youth worker who has been employed in the charity sector since leaving university. I have been given a life-changing opportunity to be a part of the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race! However I am £2000 off the total £50,000 I need to raise to take part and am hoping you will support me in achieving my goal. I have raised the funds so far through savings, loans, fundraising events, sponsership and donations. 

Taking part in the Clipper Race will not be easy. I will have to push my body to its physical and mental limits. There are going to be many ups and downs on the journey but I feel that I am ready to take on this challenge, the world and beat them! I want to prove that an ordinary person like me can do this and you don’t need to be a millionaire to take part.

This is the first time in my life that I am putting my dream first. When I am not at work I do a lot of voluntary work and have always done so. For example I am a Brownie leader in Girlguiding (and have been helping with this age group since I was 11) where by I give up my time to ensure that girls are given the chance to thrive and reach their full potential.

I have also been a volunteer crew member with the Tall Ships Youth Trust since being recommend in 2005 and have given over 3000 voluntary hours to enable young people also to share in the amazing sailing experience.

The Clipper Race isn’t for everyone – I am willing to be wet and cold for nearly a year, to be seasick in almost all the seas of the world, to be 2000 miles from anywhere and be hit by waves that could injure me, my team mates or wreck the equipment we need to sail. But this is my dream, I want to take on this challenge and I want to succeed. I want to create memories that will last a lifetime and have stories to tell the world. I want to see stars at night and feel like there is nothing else on earth apart from them, the yacht and the team I am racing with. I want to come home and say I did it, I circumnavigated the globe!

If you would like to read more about me then please visit my blog at www.ruthsailstheworld.org.uk