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Father and son team set sail for carers this summer

13 May 2014

This August, father and son team Rob and Jordan Kay join the crew of the Swan, an historic herring fishing boat based in Shetland, to circumnavigate the mainland of Britain

Jordan onboard a shipThey are aiming to raise £2,500 for Carers UK, to be shared between the four nation offices on a pro rata basis: £1 for each kilometer sailed. They will be joining the tall ships at Falmouth in late August for a maritime festival, then racing the fleet all the way along the south coast to Greenwich, London, for further celebrations. The Swan will then sail back to Shetland up the east coast, with the whole voyage taking a month.

Jordan may well be the first sailor with Down's Syndrome to complete the circumnavigation of the UK, but in any case, for both the guys this will be an adventure that stretches them to the very limits. Jordan is a handy chap to have on a journey as well as being great company, and the month at sea will be valuable work experience for him as he will take a full part in the running of the ship, including taking the helm, raising and lowering sails, cooking, and swabbing the decks.

Rob and Jordan on a recent ski tripRob has been a member of Carers UK for over twenty years, having cared for both older and younger generations of his family. He has served two periods of office on the Scotland Committee, where he is currently Vice Chair, and also served as as an elected Trustee of Carers UK.

Rob's son, Jordan is 19, studies at Cumbernauld College. They both love outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking and skiing. In the last three years they have also taken up sailing, and in 2013 Jordan sailed with the Ocean Youth Trust from Greenock to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, earning his 'competent crew ' certificate.

Find out more about Rob and Jordan's fundraising »

Image 1: Jordan steering a yacht across the Irish Sea
Image 2: Rob and Jordan on a recent ski trip

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