17 November 2010
Solo offshore racing sailor Alex Thomson is encouraging people to get involved in a charity sailing challenge next year, for West Sussex-based children’s health charity Action Medical Research.
The charity, in Horsham, is dedicated to helping sick babies and children and will be holding its second annual Sail the Solent challenge in May 2011.
In one long weekend teams of would-be sailors, from complete landlubbers to more experienced crewmates, will be trained by professionals to race 40-foot yachts against the elements around the Isle of Wight.
Alex, who is based in Gosport, says: “Despite having sailed around the world, I always look forward to getting back to the Solent and no matter how many times I sail around the Isle of Wight I always enjoy the challenges that these infamous waters hold.
“Sail the Solent is a great introduction to sailing and is all for a fantastic cause. Once you get aboard you are sure to be hooked!” he added.
The event is open to both individuals and teams and the adventure begins on Friday 13 May when participants meet in Gosport to make themselves at home on board their yacht.
A Royal Yachting Association qualified instructor will introduce you to the basics of sailing in a safe, friendly and fun environment with everyone trying their hands at all aspects from setting the sails to steering. You will be amazed how much you can learn in eight hours.
Then Sunday is race day, with teams taking charge of their yachts (under the watchful eye of their skipper). They will then make all of the tactical and sailing decisions in order to be the fastest team to sail the 60 miles around the Isle of Wight.
Each yacht can accommodate six people. Why not get a team together and challenge your colleagues or competitors to a race as there are prizes to be won. The event is open to people of any level, from sailing novice to the most experienced of sailors, and it’s all for a very good cause.
The event takes place between 13 and 16 May 2011 and the money raised will help fund vital research into medical conditions which affect babies and children. Places are limited so make sure you register soon. For more information and to register visit www.action.org.uk/sailing
Notes to editors:
For further information about Action Medical Research and Sail the Solent please contact:
Claudine Powell, Communications Manager
Tel: 01403 327478
Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.
Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:
• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.