Start date: 28th April 2012

End date: 7th July estimated.
2500 miles to cover.

From Cowes, the home of sailing, around the country clockwise and back to Cowes.

A challenge to break two world records. Ludo is just 21 years old.


Ludo Bennett - Jones




Sailing around Britain in a 16 foot dinghy, Ludo will be undertaking a marathon sailing challenge to raise over £100,000 for two major charities, sailing in some of the busiest inland waters covering over 2500 miles. Starting on Saturday April 28th means the longer legs in Scotland are sailed during the longest days of the year.

This has never been done before in a two handed dinghy- it is extremely difficult. Ludo is looking to break two world records- for the youngest person to sail a dinghy around the UK in the shortest time. Dangers lie in the shifting wind, the currents around Ireland, the tides and the waves. Unlike a yacht the dinghy can capsize.

Starting from Cowes- following a clockwise route using the prevailing winds the challenge will take in every UK country including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There will be a full support team travelling in tandem to ensure Ludo is safe throughout the journey.


The Challenge needs your help Ludo and his support team will be covering over 50 locations in the two and half months it will take to complete the circumnavigation of the UK.

Do you have a room or two at any of our stopovers where we could stay?

Do you have a café or restaurant that we could visit to recharge our batteries?

Our budget is tight and this help will allow us to raise the maximum amount for our charities.

If you can help us and would like to know more about getting involved please contact Garrett .

The list of stopovers and estimated arrival dates can be found here.


For more information please get in touch with Garrett O’Connor.

Email –
Mob –07980 032 263

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BT’s sponsorship support for Ludo’s Challenge is an important part of its commitment to both the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust and Sport Relief.

BT has been involved with both charities for many years helping them with their fund raising activities and providing the vital infrastructure for collecting donations.

It not only provides essential practical help with systems, call centres and network support but also provides teams of volunteers that have raised thousands through their own fundraising activities. BT is delighted to be supporting Ludo in his daring fund-raising challenge.


Sport Relief is a huge, national fundraising event that brings the entire country together to get active, have fun and change lives. The money raised is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries. It goes a long way too.

From transforming the lives of people in the UKs most disadvantaged communities, or those living with poor mental or physical health, to protecting street children and providing life-saving healthcare abroad.


The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a nationwide organisation that takes young people recovering from cancer sailing in order to help rebuild their confidence.

Young people who have been treated for cancer or leukaemia may have spent months, sometimes years in hospital and can be suffering from low self-esteem and may also have problems communicating and reengaging with their peers.

Last year the Trust took over 300 young people on four-day sailing trips to help them to get back what cancer can take away.


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