Bridget Keevil’s Journey of a LifeLine

Izzie O'Riordan -

Haven’t heard of the Clipper Round the World Race? Well you have now. Until a few months ago, here at LifeLine HQ we hadn’t heard of it either. 

That was until Bridget Keevil, owner of ABTA member Travel Stop told us about her mad idea….

One day last year Bridget was travelling to London for a business meeting when she saw an eye catching picture on the tube, advertising  the ‘Race of your Life’.  Most people would have admired the striking image but ultimately carried on walking. Not Bridget. She immediately googled the slogan and thought “Sign me up!”

The Clipper Round the World Race is “one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other”. The journey is a record breaking 40,000 nautical miles around the world on a 70 foot ocean racing yacht. Divided into eight legs and 16 individual races, individuals can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. 

You would have thought that someone who described themselves as a “wimp who has never sailed before and is scared of most things” (her words not ours!) would only participate in one, or two of the legs at a push. But no. Not Bridget. She has decided to take on all eight legs.

Yes, that’s 40,000 nautical miles. 248 days at sea. And a whole year away from friends, family, luxury and comfort.

“But what does this all have to do with ABTA LifeLine?” I hear you ask….

We are thrilled to say that Bridget has chosen to fundraise for ABTA LifeLine as part of the race. And here’s what she had to say… 

“To start with, before I started training for this mammoth event, I had never sailed before.  I am a short, overweight and unfit middle aged unathletic person who is swapping my normal 5 star standard accommodation for a shared bunk and sleeping bag for eleven months. 

 I have no doubt whatsoever that I am going to struggle - big time.  For the whole time. My struggle, though, is self inflicted - for many people their struggle is not of their own volition and there is no end in sight.  For the last twenty five years I have been part of the "ABTA family", and whereas it is not always the best paid industry, the people within it are passionate about travel - as am I.  This will be a huge challenge for me, although it is incomparable to the challenges some people face daily.  Every small donation will make my eleven month discomfort worthwhile.  And sharing my unbelievable stupidity with your friends and family will help to raise awareness of the lifelines this charity throws”.

Bridget will be blogging about her journey throughout, which we will be featuring on our website. So do keep an eye out to see how she is getting on!

And if you would like to donate to Bridget’s appeal visit

Every single penny donated will go straight to ABTA LifeLine, helping colleagues and their families in the travel industry who are in real need.




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