Ross Hobson’s Route du Rhum

17 October 2006

Ross Hobson - SailorRoss Hobson is the ‘Indiana Jones’ of the sailing world. A highly respected Orthodontic Consultant and a Senior Lecturer at the Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences, he also specialises in competing with the world’s best sailors and setting world sailing records. With his ability to drive a boat to its limits and climb back from overwhelming adversity, Ross has taken first place positions in some well known and prestigious races including the Rolex Fastnet in 2003. Of the World records he has broken, his Trans Atlantic Bermuda to Plymouth record stands to this day.

This autumn he will be participating in the most prestigious single-handed transatlantic race of them all, the Route du Rhum. Following in the historical wake of such sailors as Dame Ellen MacArthur, Mike Golding and Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Ross will leave St Malo, France, on 29th October to begin the 3,540 nautical mile journey to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. The only Brit in his class, Ross will be praying that the conditions are better than the previous Route du Rhum in 2002, when competitors had to contend with torrential storms that ultimately wrecked the oil tanker, Prestige.

In addition to fulfilling a personal ambition, Ross is also undertaking this challenge in the hope of raising significant funds and awareness for Sail 4 Cancer.

Commenting on the challenge Ross said:

“Being able to raise money for Sail 4 Cancer helps drive me on when I’m feeling down during a race.  Having lost a close colleague to the illness 10 years ago, I first sailed for the charity in the 2005 OSTAR and was in the lead until forced to retire from the race with a damaged dagger board. Hopefully, things will be different this time!”

This was Ross’s second attempt at a solo transatlantic race and now he is definitely hoping it will be ‘third time lucky’ for him and his boat Mollymawk (renamed Ideal Stelrad for this race on behalf of his sponsors). If you would like to support Ross, please use the donation form below.

(Campaign Now Closed)


Ross Hobson’s Route du Rhum
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