From Rothesay to Azores - in aid of Erskine

BUTE yachtsman Gordon Garman set sail from Rothesay harbour on Thursday on the first leg of a journey which will take him to the Azores and back - and will raise awareness of the veterans’ charity Erskine in the process.

The initial leg of the journey on board the 50-year-old Tantina II will see Gordon sail to Falmouth, where the tenth Azores And Back (AZAB) yacht race will officialyl start on Saturday, June 4.

From there Gordon will tackle the 2,500 miles singlehanded, sailing for between 5 and 6 hours a day.

Celebrating her half century this year. Tantina II is fully kitted out for the longest non-stop journey she has ever made, with much of the preparation being carried out over the winter months.

As he prepared to set sail Gordon said: “I am looking forward to the trip, but with a certain amount of trepidation, as Tantina II is a small boat.

“To me it is more about completing the race than winning it, and if I can raise awareness of the sterling work of Erskine, all the better.”

Erskine chief executive Jim Panton said: “We are delighted that Gordon has chosen to raise awareness of Erskine during what I am sure will be an arduous race. Everyone here at Erskine wishes him the very best of luck and a safe journey.”