Bon voyage to ‘inspirational’ Lindfield woman as she prepares to set sail

Judi Kenna lost her husband last year but has stayed positive and is an inspiration to others, pictured here with her mother Brenda. Pic Steve Robards  SR1529023 SUS-151221-191112001

Judi Kenna lost her husband last year but has stayed positive and is an inspiration to others, pictured here with her mother Brenda. Pic Steve Robards SR1529023 SUS-151221-191112001

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An ‘inspirational’ woman is packing her bags for a once in a lifetime adventure that was a dream she once shared with her late husband.

Judi Kenna, who lives in Lindfield, will set sail on a four-month voyage around the world in the New Year.

She has been praised for her positive outlook on life since her husband of 25 years Richard died of cancer last year.

Judi said: “It was supposed to be me and Richard, but it is a dream I can do for the both of us.

“Richard made me promise to live my life - he is probably thinking ‘she is doing what I told her to do’.

“I was very frightened but I am so excited, I can’t wait, it’s complete excitement. I am more excited than I was when I was a kid at Christmas.”

Judi, 49, will board the historic Picton Castle ship from La Gomera island, near Tenerife, and the boat departs between January 4 and January 6.

Her journey will take in Senegal, the Cape Verde islands and the Caribbean before docking in Nova Scotia, Canada in April.

She will then meet mum Brenda in Toronto and the pair plan to visit Niagra Falls.

Judi said: “It is called stepping off the planet, I’m stepping off the planet for three and a half months.

“I will be navigating by the stars by the time I get back.

“I have got a love of the water but this is a totally different experience. I don’t think it will sink in until I actually see the boat.”

Mum Brenda described her pride at her daughter’s drive and explained how she has inspired many of their friends.

She said: “The one thing everybody says is she is such an inspiration.”

Judi, who has previous experience of sailing, will at times be taking charge of the whole ship.

As well as steering the boat, she will also need to paint and wash the decks.

Picton Castle is 184ft long, with three masts and 20 sails.

The boat served as a British naval ship during the world wars and is now used for training voyages.

You can follow Judi’s adventures on her blog.

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