Monday 10th August 2015
Joined by his friend Gary Colt, Roger accompanied a group from the unit to Gosport for a tour of the impressive Clipper Round the World Race yacht – which Gary will soon call home during a fundraising challenge of a lifetime.
On 30 August Gary will begin the 'Teen Cancer World Challenge', as part of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, to raise money for us and Teen Cancer America.
It's courageous to take on one of the toughest endurance tests of our time to raise money for teenagers with cancer. I'm patron of both charities and the services they provide are vitally important for teenagers facing this terrible disease. Treating them together in a place that doesn't feel like a hospital makes a huge difference to their experience. I'm here today to wish Gary luck – he's going to need it!
– Roger Daltrey
Clipper Round the World Race, which is 40,000 nautical miles long, is the world's longest ocean race and the only event of its kind that enables non-professional sailors to become ocean racers. Divided into 8 challenging parts, Gary has signed up for the opening and closing legs of the race. He is joining the LMAX Exchange team and will race more than 5,968 miles across the Atlantic from London to Rio de Janeiro.
In June 2016 Gary will rejoin his crewmates for the 4,984 mile homecoming leg, which races from New York back to London via Derry Londonderry and Den Helder in the Netherlands.
Gary said: "Meeting the teenagers today was a privilege and great fun. The Clipper Race is the biggest challenge the ocean has to offer and I'm determined to work my hardest at sea to raise as much money as possible for young people like them."
Find out more about the Clipper Yacht race.