Rory McDougall, an experienced round- the-world sailor and participator in last year’s Trans-Atlantic Jester Challenge, is giving a talk about his sailing adventures. The Jester Challenge is a Corinthian-style, nautical adventure for sailboats 20-30ft long, sailing over 3,000 miles against the prevailing conditions of the testing North Atlantic.

In 1991 Rory built his own catamaran, a 21ft Tiki designed by James Wharram, and set off to sail around the world. He completed the trip over six years to become the smallest catamaran to sail around the world. Last year he renovated his catamaran here in Lympstone and participated in the Jester Challenge, sailing from Plymouth, UK to Newport, USA, arriving in 2nd place – only hours behind the first-placed Russian entry. After a short break Rory then turned around and sailed back across the Atlantic arriving into Lympstone at 11.30pm on 2nd August.

The talk will take place on Saturday 26th March, and will cover the preparations and story of the Jester Challenge and the return voyage to a fantastic home-coming here in Lympstone. The talk will commence at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All welcome.

Judith Carter