ME sufferer is set to sail round world for charity


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ME sufferer is set to sail round world for charity

47-year-old businesswoman Trudi hoping to take part in yacht race

Article by Luke Warren from Crawley News luke.warren@crawleynews.co.uk

READY FOR A CHALLENGE: Trudi Bubb is hoping to sail around the world
WHAT AN ADVENTURE: The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is for amateur sailors only

A BUSINESSWOMAN from Broadfield who suffers with ME is hoping to become the first person from Crawley to sail around the world.
Trudi Bubb is planning to cross 40,0W miles of water over 11 months, taking in destinations such as Rio and Cape Town and raising £20,00D for a Crawley charity in the process.
She is fulfilling a dream of 15 years by taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and is supporting The Golden Lion Children’s Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people and children with special needs.
The 47-year-old said: “I attended the 40th anniversary of The Golden Lion Children’s Trust last year.

Fantastic
“They said they wanted to take 20 children to Lapland but couldn’t afford it. I thought wouldn’t it be fantastic to raise £20,000 to enable them to do it.” Trudi, of Millais Close, used to work as a corporate consultant but had to leave her career behind because of illness.
She explained: “It has been a dream of mine for 15 years but I couldn’t do it back when I was in corporate life. Four-and-a-half years ago I had to leave the industry due to illness “I always wanted to take part in the race, so when I lost my career I said, ‘right, I have to pick myself up’.”
Despite suffering from ME, which causes constant fatigue, Trudi is ready to take on the challenge of sailing round the world. “Absolutely, its a tough challenge,” she admitted. “I have never done anything like it in my life.
“Climbing 95-foot masts, going overboard, hoisting sails – I will be doing all the things I thought I’d never do.”
Trudi applied to take part in the race last year and went through a four-hour interview process Having been accepted, she passed her “level one” sailing training at the end of March, which confirmed her place in the race Trudi learnt basic sailing, skills, in Gosport, Hampshire, such as what to do if she finds herself in the water.
“The excitement of being told I had passed my training when more than 48 per cent of people fail was overwhelming, to say the least,” she explained.
Trudi, who now runs her own health and nutrition business, will complete two more levels of training in July and October and a fourth when she starts training with the rest of the crew.
She has been training hard to build up her strength for the race, in which 14 72-foot racing yachts are crewed by amateurs with no sailing experience, but who have undergone training specifically for the race.
She will join 600 crew members from all across the world when she leaves from London on September 1 next year.
Trudi said “I have been training at the K2 at Crawley three or four times a week, on my own.
“I do weights, cardiovascular work, swimming; everything I believe it will take to physically get me on that boat.”
Trudi is only currently signed up to take part in four of the eight legs of the race.
But she hopes that businesses and entrepreneurs in the area may be able to sponsor her to allow her to stay for the whole voyage, which is televised, with cameras on each boat, to an estimated audience of 60 million.

Book
When she returns, Trudi hopes to write up her experiences in a book called “Me”.
She said: “The race is the top of the sailing world. Those boats are on steroids. I will be living with people I have never met before.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards Trudi’s voyage should visit www.justgiving.com

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