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North Atlantic challenge for Charlie

Charlie Whewell taking on the Atlantic challenge

A life on the ocean wave is the sort of ‘Outdoor Adventure’ to which students aspire when joining The Bedford College Group.


Showing them the way is staff member Charlie Whewell who will taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

He will be aboard for the 7,000 km North Atlantic home-coming leg of this prestigious sailing circum-navigation in June-July 2024.


Starting now, Charlie is raising funds towards the £13,800, some of which will go towards his chosen charity of the NHS Organ Donation Team.

Charlie Whewell taking on the Atlantic challenge
Charlie Whewell taking on the Atlantic challenge

Charlie, who lives in Rushden is following in the wake of his parents who sold the family home and sailed around the world in the 1990s. His widowed dad continues to live afloat, now residing aboard a Dutch barge on the canals of France.

“This trip is only going to be possible thanks to the support of my wife Em and our boys. It will be the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of something which raises so much money for good causes,” said Charlie.


Charlie has already started fund-raising with a trek up Mount Snowdon. Next up was an interview on October 22nd with Nevis radio, organised by a former Outdoor Education student of The Bedford College Group, Jen Farthing.


“This shows how far and wide our Outdoor Adventure students find employment – some of them work abroad, some in all corners of the UK or living the high life on super yachts; Fantastic careers await.”


The first of his four weeks of compulsory Clipper Training is booked for July 2022 and he is hoping to get plenty of additional time on the water to build his ‘sea legs’ between now and the race!


To follow Charlie’s training or make a donation to his fund-raising,  log on to his blog:

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