Richard Lett and Pathways to Children.
Richard recently retired from the Metropolitan Police as a Personal Protection Officer to the Royal Family and was awarded the MVO in the 2013 New Years Honours.
Richard learnt to sail whilst at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook as a way to ‘escape’ the school boundaries; learning a skill that has become a lifelong passion.
Richard has raced in two double handed Round Britain and Ireland races, two double handed Fastnets, and races with the Solo Offshore Racing Club, RORC and the Royal Southampton YC in their solo and shorthanded classes.
Racing for ‘Pathways to Children’, a non profit based in Minnesota USA, Richard will be raising funds to support their mission of providing Education and Health for the children of Mumbai, India. ‘Pathways to Children’ also provides volunteering opportunities for US Schoolchildren to travel to India, taking part in essential education and health programmes. The website at www.pathwaystochildren.org will display daily blogs, photographs and updates on Richard’s progress.
If Richard makes it to Newport RI, he intends to ship to Chicago and enter the ‘Mackinac’, the longest fresh water race in the world.
Pathways to Children, a VQ32 (aka ‘Velocity Girl’). was designed by Dick Koopmans for solo and shorthanded offshore racing.
At 32 ft, one of the smaller yachts in the race, she is beautifully finished, inspires confidence and is a joy to sail. With a new suite of Millennium sails designed by Peter Kay at One Sails, Richard is looking forward to her re-launch and practice in April.