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Mitesh Pattni takes on Clipper Round the World Race challenge
- Racing to raise GBP250,000 for Charity -
Mitesh Pattni's progress report
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Report by Dipa Rupesh Dhanak
Mittesh Pattni taking on the challenge
Mitesh decided to join clipper boat race early last year. He had just under a year to prepare himself emotionally and physically. He decided that he was going to push himself out of his comfort zone and circumnavigate the world on a yacht, within a fleet of 12 racing boats. Whilst learning so much about himself, clipper as a company and the race process, he chose to raise money for a charity. The charity he chose to raise for is a charity that is very close to his heart, a charity that has helped a number of children and their families. - Make a Wish (Should you wish to learn more about them-please see their website www.makeawish.com).
His choice to sail around the world meant that Mitesh would have to prepare hard and fast as he had never sailed before and only had a short period of time to do so. Mitesh's preparation consisted of physical training in the gym, emotional preparation, and four weeks of training with Clipper. He learnt about the boat in detail, the sails, the ropes, the kitchen, the sleep set up - everything there was to know. He learnt about the technical side of the boat, the way to manoeuvre the boat according to what direction and speed the wind is travelling - It was tough task, but he managed it well with support of family, close friends and professionals on the boat. Alongside his own preparation, he was working hard to raise money for his chosen charity.
On August 20th 2017 the fleet of boats set sail. As much as he had learnt, his true learning would be on the journey.The first leg of the race was from Liverpool to Uruguay. Mitesh left on a happy note surrounded by his family and some friends. As he arrived into Uruguay, Mitesh said "I knew the things to expect, but experiencing them is something completely different to hearing about what it's like. A couple of nights out there in the middle of the ocean were pretty scary, but good fun too!"
He has since been to Cape Town, multiple stops in Austrailia (Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart, Airlie beach). Mitesh took part in one of the world's most famous sailing races (The Rolex Sydney to Hobart race) and his team finished third in their category. Mitesh said "People have this race on their bucket lists and I've somehow found myself on one of the teams. I'm privileged to have taken part and very proud to have done so well".
The journey so far has shown us the courage that every single sailor has needed to continue on this race. So far there have been a number of accidents, ranging from someone slicing their thumb off, a number of people with broken bones and sailors that have dislocated limbs.
Clipper Race Fatality : crew dies after going overboard
The thing that scares us as his family the most, is that there has been one person (Simon) who was thrown overboard. The team did everything they could to go back and rescue Simon, but unfortunately the accident resulted in Simon losing his life. Although he was on a different team to Mitesh, it has seriously affected him. Mitesh said "you can't help but think about Simon's family and friends back home, you put yourself into his position and imagine how it would be when your parents, siblings, nieces/nephews and friends hear the news. Ocean sailing takes people's lives, it always has and it always will, but it has highlighted to me how much I have to focus on safety!"
There have been plenty of people that have chosen to leave the race as they just cannot continue, for whatever reason, and the figure is estimated to rise to about 40% of the entire crew. This has really brought to light just how demanding and dangerous this race can be. Mitesh has told us that he is struggling to the point where he feels like he wants to leave the race, but he never will, as he is showing the next generation in his family that if you put your mind to something and believe in yourself, you can achieve whatever you want.
Mitesh has been featured in
the upcoming documentary called "The Race of Their Lives 3."
Mitesh's rigorous training
Mitesh will be training rigorously for this challenge from now until August 2017 which will prepare him for different skills required for this challenge as well as mental and physical fitness.
The boats will leave London at the end of August 2017 and arrive back in England at the end of July 2018. The race is split into 8 legs with stops in Rio, Cape Town, Albany (Western Australia),
Mitesh is taking on this challenge to raise funds for a charity called Make-a-wish UK. This charity grant wishes to children who are battling with life threatening disability/illnesses.
Mitesh is requesting sponsorship and donation to raise the funds for this challenge, which is relative to the size of the task that he is taking on.
Mitesh's target is to raise £250,000 for this charity, of which approximately £50,000 will pay for the race, which means if 500 people sponsor him £500 or 1000 people sponsor him £250
If you have any questions at all about this, please call Mitesh or message him on 07841645555.
Please make cheques payable to "Mitesh Pattni" as he has a separate account set up for the charity.
Donations can also be made online by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mick-round-the-world
If you would like more information about this account you can speak to Mitesh or Liam at the make-a-wish UK offices.
For further details you can also visit Mitesh's website www.mickroundtheworld.com
Watch the video below to appreciate what kind of fierce forces of nature Mitesh will have to encounter!