Scots Single-handed sailor travels over 2,000 miles for Hebcelt


A MAN who is sailing solo around Britain using only renewable energy and in aid of six charities will reach his penultimate port on Friday.

Alan Rankin (55) will arrive in Stornoway on July 19 just in time to enjoy the Hebcelt Festival and it is thought with his journey taking him a mammoth 2,300 miles round Britain he may well have travelled the furthest to be at the 2013 festival.

However, he will not have time to enjoy the festivities as once he has docked he will be running 10K, a challenge he has taken on in each of the ports he has arrived in.

He has taken on the task to raise awareness for Parkinson’s UK, Cancer Research UK, MS Society, British Heart Foundation and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYTS) all charities which are close to his heart..

Alan Rankin from Carrbridge near Aviemore set off from Ullapool on June 6. He hopes to land back in Ullapool on Saturday.

The voyage is 2,300 miles in some of the most challenging waters in the world.

Alan’s dad died of Parkinson’s disease, his mum has a heart condition, his mother-in-law in battling ovarian cancer and Alan’s cousin had MS whilst Alan has worked with OYTS too.

Alan is circumnavigating the isles with a green mission to leave no trace of his journey, and to use renewable energy for the six weeks he is at sea.

The charity sailor made his first stop in Lerwick, three days after setting off.

He then sailed the whole length of Scotland without coming to shore, and stopped in Blyth, Northumberland, before heading for Lowestoft in Norfolk.

Alan passed the halfway point roughly near the Isle of White, the scene of many great sailing races and challenges in history. His mileage to that point was over 200 miles more than he had anticipated due to headwinds.

A GPS tracker is leaving a live trail on his website at and you can follow Alan’s tweets on @soloroundbrit.

Donations can also be made by text on the website.