Scottish Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart (pictured above) recently completed his incredible challenge of sailing 3,500 miles across the Atlantic, raising a phenomenal £69,000 for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT).

Martin embarked on the epic challenge with a team of four: Martin’s uncle Kenneth Leask, Lindsay Henderson, Rupert Jenkins and Duncan Lonie (pictured below). Setting sail from Portugal in Martin's Hanse 415 sailing boat 'Nizuc' on the 11 November, the crew headed south along the west coast of Africa to reach Gran Canaria. From here they navigated west reaching St Lucia on 16 November having travelled 3,500 miles in four weeks. The crew kept a fantastic blog on their Facebook page during the challenge. As they reflected on reaching their destination, they said:

It’s an overwhelming feeling to approach land after three weeks at sea. The icing on the cake was a huge turtle, carelessly waving an arm as it ducked under the swell to avoid us (they are as cool as their role in Finding Nemo would suggest). Small boats came out to greet us; some were adorned with palm leaves and selling fruit; a photographer took shots with the hope of selling us the prints. Every time a boat comes in from the Atlantic there is a klaxon of horns as other boats share your arrival, and this is a regular event as more boats make it across. We were greeted by two of the marina staff bearing fruit, rum punch and smiles. Every boat gets this treatment, and every smile is genuine. We made it: we crossed an ocean!

Thank you to everyone who has followed, shared, liked and helped to make this a successful trip. Thank you for all of your donations to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and for the wonderful messages which brought tears to our eyes. This has been the trip of a lifetime. Hopefully it will make a difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Martin took on this epic challenge to mark the 20th anniversary of running his Edinburgh restaurant and in support of his mother who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago. CPT is hugely grateful to Martin and crew for taking on this incredible journey. CPT's CEO, Will Cook said:

“Huge congratulations to Martin and crew on this significant achievement. Not only has Martin spent several weeks at sea completing this challenging Atlantic crossing, but he has also spent many hours on land working tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for CPT.  We have benefitted from his influence in his restaurants, across the culinary industry and indeed across Scotland. This incredible sum will go towards CPT’s pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s. Thank you, Martin!”

To read more of Martin’s story or to support his fundraising please visit his fundraising page. You can also look back at Martin’s challenge via the crew’s Facebook page.