Round Britain for MS
Circumnavigation of Britain by Sea (for MS Society)
In 2005 a group of ten people set off round Britain in an open boat, the Coastal Voyager, on a gruelling circuit of the British coastline, by sea. Beginning the backbreaking voyage from the south bank of the River Blyth in Southwold, Suffolk, the crew circumnavigated mainland Britain, arriving back on the northern bank six days later.
The purpose of this 1647nm (2635m) challenge was to raise as much money and awareness for the national Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) as possible. MS is a disease which can affect anyone and in the UK alone there are 85,000 people facing the challenge of multiple sclerosis. People often experience a wide range of symptoms associated with damage to the central nervous system. The aim of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS as well as offering care and support to people living with the condition. Local MS Society branches were involved throughout the voyage.
“We want to make this a ‘local event’, meeting MS branches around the country and giving financial support to their projects, as well as aiding research into a cure. The cost of the charter of the boat is being met by the crew, so every penny raised will help towards research, respite care, specialist nurses, mobility aids and a host of other services and information.”
The Sponsors We had a great deal of support from many areas including £5,000 from A.G.E. Electrical Services Ltd, and waterline sponsorship including the engine supplier E.P. Barrus / Mercury, Petans, and Barnwell Print.