Sailor building boat in garage for Atlantic crossing

An amateur sailor is building his own boat at home in Co Wicklow, Ireland, to fulfil a lifelong dream of sailing solo across the Atlantic, according to RTÉ News.

Jim Schofield, 57, is assembling the 5.8m yacht in his garage in Blessington.

He is one of a number of sailors around the world who have taken on the “build at home” challenge.

If all goes to plan, they will compete against each other in a 3,600 mile race later this year.

Schofield says: “Since my early 20s, a single-handed transatlantic race has been on my bucket list. So when I saw this opportunity pop up, I knew I had run out of excuses. The time had come.”

Having paid €300 for building plans, Jim started assembling his plywood and epoxy boat last year.

“In many ways, it’s the perfect pandemic project. I’m locked in the shed, building a boat by myself. And when the time comes, I will get on the boat and sail away by myself,” he says. “It should be very seaworthy. The wood did come pre-cut but you have to decide how to put it together.”

The concept for the ClassGlobe 5.80 home-build, one-design mini racing boat project came from Australian adventurer Don McIntyre.

Launching the project last year, McIntyre said: “This is a boat for all sailors, young and old, who have a dream to sail oceans in small, fun, affordable and proven safe yachts. This is a little yacht with a big heart. Anyone can build it with simple tools and the human element is more important than the technology.”

Having extended his garage to accommodate his build, Schofield says: “I hope to have it in the water by May. I want to spend the summer playing around with it. Then I have to get it down to Portugal by October, to take part in a 600-mile practice race and prove that I can do it.”

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One response to “Sailor building boat in garage for Atlantic crossing”

  1. James Turner says:

    If you’re going to try and be professional in your writing, you need to check your headline.
    ‘Sailor building boat for Atlantic crossing in garage’ should clearly read ‘Sailor building boat in garage for Atlantic crossing’.

    Standards, chaps, standards. Let’s not all write like the BBC.