A Birmingham solicitor is sailing the Atlantic before heading to a new posting in the Ukraine.
Rosemary Bointon, a partner in the city office of international law firm DLA Piper, aims to cross from Nova Scotia in Canada to the Mediterranean.
She is with her husband, Ian Cole, and three crew, brother Roger, Hannah Joudrey, a Canadian, and Curtis Weinrich, an American.
The aim is to raise £5,000 for the Help for Heroes charity supporting wounded service personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan – her son-in-law is a doctor in the RAF and starts work in October at Headley Court, the defence medical rehabilitation centre near Epsom.
Mrs Bointon has sailed since she was a child, has had several boats and is a qualified yachtmaster.
She has sailed around the coast of France and the Mediterranean, but this is her first bid to cross the Atlantic.
“It is very exciting,” she declared.
She accepts there are risks. “Whenever you go out in a small boat there is always an element of risk.”
But she says they have full safety gear on board including life rafts, flares, life jackets and emergency radio beacons.
Their new vessel is the 65ft ketch, Elemiah – a name on which hangs a tale.
Elemiah is an angel of travel and also water, particularly useful on such a trip.
The couple chose it because they have a home near Engelberg in Switzerland and Engelberg means Angel Mountain.
The plan is to leave Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and via a brief stopover in Horta in the Azores head for a port along the south-east coast of Spain – Malaga, Valencia, Almeira, Alicante or perhaps Barcelona.
Later this summer the vessel will be sailed on to Zadar in Croatia – Mr Cole works in Croatia – where she is going to be based.
Their trip can be monitored on a special website, www.elemiah.bointon.com and those keen to make a donation should go to www.justgiving.com/rosemaryandian.
Mrs Bointon acts for public sector organisations, bidding consortia and banks involved in funding public private partnerships and private finance initiatives.
She advises on the procurement side of PFI transactions and is an expert in the defence, health and education sectors.
From July 1 she will be working in DLA Piper’s Kiev office.
“I have got a lot of experience in working abroad,” said Mrs Bointon.
“They asked me if I wanted to go to Kiev and I said ‘yes’.”
It is a one-year secondment.