Virtual Round Ireland Cycling Challenge for RNLI


26 May Update
In the light of the phenomenal success of their Virtual Cycle Challenge for the RNLI Junior Cadet Members Max Goodbody and Tim Norwood, and NYC sailors Nathan van Steenberge and San Ledoux and their coach Thomas Chaix  are now looking to crash the €10,000 barrier. They are very close and are looking for help to make this fundraising challenge a very positive message from Lockdown.
See Article in Irish Times on Friday 20th May about the RNLI Virtual Challenge
‘Sailors coast past funding target as they get on their bikes for RNLI Teenage dinghy sailors circumnavigate Ireland on stationary bikes for charity’
and RTE on Monday 25th May
From four teenagers cycling to raise money for the RNLI to a tongue in cheek cover of “Stand by Me” here are 5 positive things happening now #InThisTogether

See the team’s Go Fund Me page if you wish to contribute.

20 May Update
Tim Norwood together with fellow cadet member Max Goodbody and NYC sailors Nathan van Steenberge and San Ledoux and their coach Thomas Chaix have just completed their 2077km virtual cycle around all the coastal RNLI stations. They have raised an incredible €8,500 for the RNLI.  Huge congratulations to the team on their amazing effort and fantastic result!

We don’t need to stress how the coronavirus pandemic means that the RNLI’s normal community fundraising cannot take place. We are all thankful for the bravery of the lifeboat volunteers who go out and risk their lives for others in all weathers. Every donation matters and the RNLI are very grateful 

The team’s Go Fund Me page will stay open until the end of the week if you wish to contribute. 

Royal Irish YC Junior Sailors Max Goodbody and Tim Norwood together with their youth 29er team mates, Nathan van Steenberge and, Sam LeDoux of the National Yacht Club and their coach Thomas Chaix are attempting to virtually cycle around Ireland to raise funds for RNLI.  Virtual Round Ireland cycling challenge for RNLI

This is done by connecting their bikes to an app that is fixed in place, whether that be in sitting rooms or garages. It then tracks the miles they physically cycle while also adjusting the terrain automatically. They are aiming to do this in eleven days, with each day being a different distance.   

The boys left Castletownbere at 7 on Tuesday morning, headed for Valentia, which was 135km away. 50km was completed in the morning, with help from Scott Rickard. The remaining 80km was completed after school yesterday! The boys had many guest riders yesterday. Former Olympic Silver Medalist, Annalise Murphy, Sean Waddilove 49er crew hopeful to qualify for the Olympics, Finn Sailor Oisin McClelland, and Irish Sailing Laser coach Sean Evans rode with the boys this afternoon with great pleasure. They reached Valentia at 8pm. The station at Valentia covers some of the most challenging waters off the Kerry coast of Ireland with its Severn class all-weather lifeboat. Eight medals for gallantry have been presented to crew members. Today the boys left Valentia at 7am on their way to Fenit, another 50km down. Today they are joined on the ride by Torvar Mirsky, 2017 match racing World Champ and former Olympian Tim Goodbody. 157km left to do this evening as they make their way to Galway.

This is a challenging time for us all. Life feels uncertain and unrecognisable, but some things remain the same. Like generations of lifesavers before them, RNLI crews are still on call 24/7, rescuing those in danger at sea. But with every day that passes in lockdown, vital funds are running out. They urgently need your help. The coronavirus pandemic means that normal community fundraising cannot take place. Every donation matters and we will be very grateful if you could donate and mention this to your friends and family, as every little helps. All of us are sailors and appreciate the work of the RNLI and understand how dangerous and unforgiving the sea can be. We are thankful for the bravery of the lifeboat volunteers who go out and risk their lives for others in all weathers. It would mean a lot to us if you could support us in this project.

You can find more information about the RNLI and their work here:  You can track the boys progress on any of our social media platforms which will be managed by the boys teammate Leah Rickard.