Two sailors who circumnavigated Britain to raise money for charity have shared their experiences in a book titled Blue Star Adventure, after the name of their boat.
Mike Goodwin from Staffordshire Coastal Cruising Club and south coast-based Roger Colmer bought the yacht together after deciding to tackle the round Britain challenge to broaden their sailing experience and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The doublehanded team sailed a figure-of-eight route in stages over 2015-6, joined by around 20 guest crew members along the way who supported their fundraising by making donations in return for enjoying a week of sailing aboard Blue Star.
Mike’s son Daniel, himself a keen sailor, died from Cystic Fibrosis aged 36 in 2017 and was sadly too unwell at the time of the challenge to take part. The adventures of Mike and Roger aboard Blue Star continue to raise money for the Trust and have so far reached around £30,000.
All author royalties from Mike and Roger’s book are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Mike also raises money by giving talks to clubs and business groups, and as an RYA Day Skipper Theory instructor, from which he gives all proceeds to the charity. Blue Star Adventure – A Circumnavigation of Britain is available online and in bookstores, with a greater margin available for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust if ordered direct from Mike at: www.michaelgoodwinsailing.blogspot.com