UK: Freelance sound engineer Steve Cooksey (pictured) is to embark on an anti-clockwise voyage around Britain's coast on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Accompanied by fellow sound engineer Pete Caskey, Cooksey - whose credits include work with acts as varied as Gilbert O'Sullivan and the Ramones - is due to set sail from Fowey in Cornwall on July 1st, reports David Davies.
Undertaking the voyage onboard the yacht Gamaldansk, Cooksey and Caskey are to be joined by a number of friends from the audio business and related areas (not least PSNE editor Dave Robinson - look out for a report in the near-future) on individual legs. They are due to return to Fowey during the port's celebrated Regatta Week (August 15th-21st).
Inspiration for the trip - which will raise money on behalf of the RNLI's 'Train one, save many' training campaign - came from two distinct sources: Cooksey's admiration for the organisation's volunteer crew in Fowey, and his own revived interest in sailing since moving to Cornwall 15 years ago. "I suppose I see this as a kind of insurance as I love being on the sea, but I also like to know the RNLI is there with the best lifeboats, equipment and training, in case I ever need help," he said. "I'm always amazed that the RNLI is supported only by public donation, and yet it's such an important service."
A website providing information on the voyage and the opportunity to donate to the RNLI is now up-and-running (link below), along with a blog that Cooksey will be updating throughout his journey.