Shore Team: A dedicated shore based support team has been assembled including: professional weather router, round the world skipper, sleep consultant, project manager and fundraiser. A proven risk management plan based around first hand experience will be adopted by the project. Leading web and social media suppliers are also aboard ensuring great reach and project awareness.
Alan Rankin email
Alan competed at international level in athletics and was seven time Scottish Decathlon Champion. He is a RYA Yacht master and has over 30,000 miles sailing experience. His race sailing background includes three times class winner of the Scottish Islands Three Peaks Race and 1,000 singlehanded voyage. Alan is a published author with Solo Round Scotland and is past chair of Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. In 2006 Alan became the first person to singlehandedly sail and cycle around Scotland.
I have a vital team of shore contacts who are covering a rota to provide six hourly call check-ins. Each check in allows me to feed back key information and get latest weather updates. Led by Erik Archer who was at the heart of the 2006 Solo Round Scotland Challenge, his team consist of:
Kit Eatock Ullaopool
Andy Freshwater Kincraig
Richard Marshall Perth
Ken Pritchard Edinburgh
Tim Walker Drumullie
Weather Router: Fiona Campbell Fitzherbert-Brocholes, Team GB Olympic weather forecaster. To make weather system predictions, advise on timing of challenge and ongoing weather routing support during the voyage.
Boat finisher and tuner: Erik Archer Competitive sailor with 40 years of yacht racing experience. Assistance towards sail tuning, rigging and general boat set up.
Social media: Rene Looper 4tm. Is an established expert in the field of campaign planning, content creation and distribution for social media and across the web. 4tm will provide the social media and e based communications platforms and campaigns prior to and during the challenge. http://4tm-services.com
Web and Media links. Marc Hindley runs the Canary Dwarf Full service agency including SEO, social media and content management.
Fundraiser/Admin/Chaser/and general dogs-bodies: Helen Rankin and Shona Rankin Administration of online giving site and postal donations, general administration surrounding the challenge.