CLOVELLY RNLI volunteer and local fish merchant, Dan Garnett is days away from embarking on a long anticipated sailing adventure in aid of the RNLI. Dan, 52, is taking part in the final leg of a round-the-world yacht race even though he has no ocean sail

CLOVELLY RNLI volunteer and local fish merchant, Dan Garnett is days away from embarking on a long anticipated sailing adventure in aid of the RNLI. Dan, 52, is taking part in the final leg of a round-the-world yacht race even though he has no ocean sailing experience. This month he will join the Clipper racing fleet in the Caribbean before racing first to New York, on to Novia Scotia, and then across the North Atlantic to Ireland before finally finishing in Liverpool. He'll be at sea for 50 days and will sail more than 5,000 miles, setting off from Jamaica on May 24 and due in Liverpool by July 5.To mark the final count-down to his adventure and fund-raising for the RNLI he made the presentation at Clovelly Lifeboat Station of an initial cheque for £2,500 towards the Train One, Save One, lifeboat crew training campaign.It costs a station such as Clovelly around £20,000 a year to train crew members.Dan said:"I've always wanted to sail an ocean, but I knew there would be a lot to do before I could set sail. I had to lose weight and get fit, but at least I had a good incentive. "As a former RNLI crew volunteer at Clovelly, and now the volunteer press officer, I wanted to use this adventure to raise funds for the charity and what better way to say bon voyage than by handing over a significant donation before I leave?"Clare Blight, RNLI Senior Area Fund-raising Manager for Devon, said: "Dan's challenge has got off to a flying start. It's not often people give us money before they take on their challenge, so we're delighted that Dan has already raised enough funds to train several volunteer crew members at Clovelly for a year. "We're very grateful and full of admiration. It's people like Dan who are the lifeblood of the RNLI and we wish him all the best with his extraordinary sailing challenge."Dan will be joining more than 1,400 people who have made the Clipper racing experience a turning point in their lives. Like the others, he'll be leaving a supportive family at home and he will be taking time out from his busy and well-known mobile fish business in North Devon. To find out more about Dan's challenge and how you can help raise funds for the RNLI, visit www.dansrnlioceanchallenge.com