A West Norfolk councillor is planning to swap the rough and tumble of local politics for life on the ocean wave in a bid to raise funds for several good causes.
Sandra Squire, who represents the Wimbotsham with Fincham ward, is currently in training to compete in the final leg of the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World yacht race.
She is seeking sponsorship for the Friends of Magdalen School, the West Norfolk National Autistic Society, West Norfolk’s Riding for the Disabled group and the Wells Lifeboat Appeal.
But she says one of her main reasons for taking up the challenge is to show her sons, who both have autism, that ordinary people can do out of the ordinary things.
She said: “Life is too short not to do the things you dream of.”
Mrs Squire, who was first elected to the borough council in May last year, is currently set to sail the final leg of the race, covering more than 3,000 nautical miles, in June and July 2018.
She expects to be away for around six weeks in all, but will be able to keep up with council business online when close to land. She said other neighbouring councillors have also agreed to help during her time at sea.
As part of her training, Mrs Squire spent the Easter weekend aboard a training yacht in the Solent, as Storm Katie battered the country.
She said: “A lot of Clipper Crew have never sailed before their training, so in that respect I’m quite lucky in that I know my way round a boat. But an Ocean Racing Yacht is a world of difference from a small dinghy.
Massively upscale it and make everything, really, really heavy!”
To sponsor Mrs Squire, visit http://sandrasquire.com/fundraising.