Della Parsons, daughter of Haydon Wick-based milliner Sheila Parsons ‘The Mad Hatter,’ (both pictured, right) set off on 13 September from Hull on the Clipper Round the World Yacht race to raise money for three different charities.
She used to live in Haydon Wick before moving to Hull where she is production editor for BBC East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, and knew little about sailing until October 2008. She’s been in training ever since and hopes to turn every mile sailed into cash. “I’m going to be sailing 35,000 nautical miles and want to raise a pound for every one,” she said.
Her home for the seven-leg trip is the brightly coloured Hull & Humber, affectionately known by its 18 strong crew as BOB, the ‘big orange boat.’
Over the next ten months it will cross the Atlantic three times, as well as navigate the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal.
The final leg from Jamaica calls at New York, Cape Breton, Cork and Rotterdam, before returning to race-host port Hull on 17 July 2010.
Della said, “being hugely competitive, I couldn’t just sign up to do one leg of the race, I wanted to be part of the winning team for the whole trip.”
Della, who is being sponsored by medical supplies company Smith & Nephew, is sailing on behalf of DebRA, the charity supporting individuals suffering from Epidermylosis Bullosa, a condition where the skin wounds very easily. She is also raising money for World Land Trust and the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund.
Sheila is very proud of her daughter, and is considering a trip to New York next year to cheer BOB into the harbour. “I only hope that Della won’t be the first to volunteer to climb to the top of the mast in rough seas.”
Sponsor her and help her three charities, and follow her progress, at: www.dellaroundtheworld.com