To mark the 20th anniversary of running his Edinburgh restaurant, Scottish Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart (pictured above) will be taking on the incredible challenge of sailing 3,500 miles across the Atlantic in a bid to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). Martin said:

“I have decided to help raise funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust by achieving a personal challenge of mine: sailing across the Atlantic. My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago, and I have witnessed the pain, the frustration, and the constant battle this debilitating disease brings to individuals, and those around them. CPT needs donations to help fund and support their research into finding a cure so my aim is to raise £40,000 for the charity.”

Martin will embark on this epic challenge with a team of four: Martin’s uncle Kenneth Leask, Lindsay Henderson, Rupert Jenkins and Duncan Lonie. Setting sail from Portugal in Martin's Hanse 415 sailing boat 'Nizuc' on the 11 November, the team will head south along the west coast of Africa, reaching Gran Canaria mid-November. From here, the crew will plot a south westerly course to pick up the trade winds, before heading west towards St Lucia. The crossing of 3,500 miles will take the team just under four weeks to complete.

CPT’s CEO, Will Cook said:

“We are hugely grateful to Martin for taking on this incredible journey for CPT. Not only is he planning this challenging sail across the Atlantic, but he has also been working tirelessly to raise money and awareness of CPT’s work on finding a cure for Parkinson’s in his restaurants and across the culinary industry. Thank you Martin and good luck; may you have fair winds and following seas!”

To read more of Martin’s story or to support his fundraising please visit his fundraising page. You can also follow Martin and the team on their challenge via their Facebook page or Instagram account.