On Wednesday 27 July, a team of five superyacht captains and crew – aka 54 knots – is returning to the helm of endurance vessel Thunder Child II to attempt a new UIM world record and raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Starting from London’s historic Tower Bridge, Nick, Ben, Tristan, Alex, and Max will stop briefly in Brest, La Coruna, Cadiz and Pas Palmas, before heading to the finish line in Monaco on Saturday 30 July. On arrival, the team will also deliver a letter addressed to HRH Prince Albert of Monaco from the Lord Mayor of the City of London, The Right Honourable Vincent Keaveny.
A unique design built by SafeHaven Marine, last month Thunder Child II sailed 302 nautical miles from Cork to Jersey to test her credentials ahead of the London to Monaco UIM endurance record, in the process raising thousands of pounds for the Jersey Hospice.
How to get involved
If you’d like to support this great initiative and help to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, you can estimate the total voyage time from London to Monaco for a cost of £10 and be in with the chance of winning a flight for two from a European city to spend two nights in Monaco. You’ll also get the chance to step aboard Thunder Child II and meet the team.
So get out your maps, weather forecasts, and tide tables, and give it your best shot!
You can submit your entry here: https://www.54knots.com
About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSH)
Great Ormond Street Hospital opened its doors at 49 Great Ormond Street on Valentine's Day 1852 with just 10 beds. It has since become one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, housing the widest range of specialists under one roof.
Today, and every day, around 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive at GOSH where doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, pioneering medical breakthroughs. Yet this extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential.
Before joining the NHS in 1948, GOSH was a voluntary hospital dependent on fundraising efforts in order to function and expand. Subsequently, private fundraising was heavily restricted, although the hospital was still allowed to receive legacies. In 1982, the government relaxed restrictions on charitable fundraising by individual hospitals allowing GOSH to initiate the hugely successful Wishing Well Appeal of 1987–8, which raised £54 million to fund the Variety Club Building.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity became a separate legal entity from the hospital in 1998.
For more information, please visit www.gosh.org/about-us.