Two National Yacht Club sailors are among the four 29er sailors and their coach who have started their own gruelling ‘virtual cycling’ challenge in aid of the RNLI.
Nathan van Steenberge and Sam Ledoux from the NYC along with Max Goodbody and Tim Norwood and coach Thomas Chaix, have taken on the epic route via every lighthouse around the island of Ireland — but covering the distance on stationary bikes in their own homes!
The team aims to complete the 2,000km route — with 14,000 metres of climbing — in 11 days while raising funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.
Since starting on Saturday 9 May, they have already covered the distance from Dun Laoghaire to West Cork — and that’s around their home school commitments, too.
Already exceeding their initial target of €2,000, the team have so far raised over €5,000 to keep the RNLI afloat in uncertain waters.
And as they go on they will be joined by an Olympian and former Olympian for various parts of the ride — with rumours of some other big names set to tag along.
“All of us are sailors and appreciate the work of the RNLI and understand how dangerous and unforgiving the sea can be,” the team said.
“We are thankful for the bravery of the lifeboat volunteers who go out and risk their lives for others in all weathers. It would mean a lot to us if you could support us in this project.”
For more on their endeavour and how to support the team, see the GoFundMe page HERE.