Meet Jim Schofield. Woodworker, solo sailor, ultramarathon runner, adventurer and 58 year old TikTok celebrity!
Jim is one of many characters that I have met during the six weeks or so that I have spent in Marina Rubicon. He is taking part in a single-handed race across the Atlantic. From Lanzarote to Antigua. In a 5.80 meter (19 feet) long boat that he built in his garden shed back in Ireland. A crossing that is likely to take over a month in a boat the size of a normal road car.
It has taken Jim the better part of a year to build the boat, ship it to Portugal and sail it to Lanzarote for a race that started yesterday. A project that he has documented and shared with the world via TikTok. Over time his group of followers has steadily grown and he now has around 10,000 subscribers to his channel (@liffeysailor). And he doesn’t even dance in his videos. His project has also been featured on national TV in Ireland.
Jim had quite an entourage with him in Lanzarote. People that had travelled from Ireland to see this larger-than-life character and the rest of the small fleet as they started started their 3,000 nautical mile race. I truly hope they all make it across and that I get to meet some of them again in the Caribbean. If nothing else to discuss if you really need things like a fridge, a proper cooker, running water and a toilet to cross an ocean. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to spend some time with Jim and the rest of them in Lanzarote.