Round-the-world challenge for businessman Ian

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A PORTSMOUTH businessman is getting ready to sail around the world for charity.

Former Royal Navy officer Ian Geraghty is to take part in the Clipper Round the World yacht race, which sets off on July 31 from Southampton.

The race is 40,000 miles long and it will take 11 months to complete the circumnavigation.

It is divided into a series of eight legs and crews can decide how many of these to compete in.

There are 15 individual races within eight legs, and points are awarded after each race.

Ian, who works from home as a distributer for the Utility Warehouse Discount Club, said: ‘The crew members of each yacht will be pitting themselves against all the elements have to throw at us. It will be a mixture of long, tactical ocean races lasting many weeks, where endurance is tested to the limit, and short, technical sprints.

‘Weather will range from virtually flat calms to raging seas and storm-force winds, enough to test the mettle of even the bravest of us.

‘I want to make this journey count, not just for me but for other people too, so I’m raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer.’

Ian is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity in the lead-up to, and during the Clipper race.

Sail 4 Cancer aims to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families who have been affected by cancer.

It offers a range of sailing experiences for those individuals and their families, as well as the recently-bereaved and carers in order to give them some respite.

Sail 4 Cancer also awards grants for the provision of equipment within cancer wards and hospices.

To sponsor Ian, see the Sail 4 Cancer website at