Charity sail round Britain seeks crew for 2021

Sailing school boss Colin Stracey is running another round Britain sail in 2021, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The fund-raising initiative follows hugely successful previous trips which raied more than £23,000 for the cancer charity.

The boat is crewed by paying volunteers and no sailing experience is necessary.

The organisers are now looking for donations to support the iniative as well as sponsors who might consider supplying equipment or products for the trip, with the option in return of displaying a corporate logo on the yachts.

The team says: “Imagine sailing around our wonderful coastline, enjoying the ever-changing scenery and wildlife, experiencing the challenges of tidal currents, rocks and sand banks, and entering our many historical ports from the sea. And imagine at the same time, being part of a fundraising venture for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Most of us will come into contact with cancer at some time in our lives and Macmillan, as many of us know, are there to help and support both the patient and their family.

“It is our personal experience of the superb care and support provided by Macmillan that has lead us to run this trip.

“Our yachts will visit many marinas and most, including Folkboat and Inverness, will donate the mooring fees to Macmillan.”

Special arrangements are being put in place due to the pandemic in relation to postponement or cancellation, as well as safety.

No previous sailing experience is required. Qualified RYA instructors from Premier Sailing will skipper each part of the voyage.

“You will have an opportunity to learn and develop a range of boat handling, navigational and watch keeping skills to suit your sailing level and experience. As with any voyage, you will be invited to help with the day-to-day jobs of cooking and keeping the boat clean,” says the team.

Each leg is priced at £795 per person. The entire seven-week trip would cost £4,795. The price is for full board and includes all fees, food on board, oilskins, fuel/gas. The only extra would be entertainment/meals ashore and getting to and from the boat. All changeover ports have good transport links by train or air.

LEG 1 | Fambridge to Newcastle (2 – 9 May)
After a gentle sail to the historic port of Harwich and Shotley Marina, this leg will sail north to Lowestoft before setting off on the long, 24 hour passage to Whitby (the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the departure port of Captain Cooke’s ‘Endeavour’). The final destination on this leg is the River Tyne, where the staff at the Quay Marina in South Shields look forward to welcoming you.

LEG 2 | Newcastle to Inverness (9 – 15 May)
What better way can there be of seeing British wildlife than by sailing to the Farne Islands? Seals, puffins, guillemots and razor bills are just some of the birds living on these waters. After anchoring in the lee of Lindisfarne Castle, you will sail over the Border to the fishing port of Arbroath (and sample delicious Arbroath Smokies). There will be a couple of long sails on this leg, but a must-see stop is the little village of Whitehills, before making your way to Inverness and the Caledonian Canal.

LEG 3 | Inverness to Fort William (via the Caledonian Canal) (16 – 22 may)
Sailing alongside mountains, high above sea level, is a unique experience. Starting at Inverness you will rise up through the lock system and traverse this world-renowned feat of engineering that is the Caledonian Canal, linking the natural lochs of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour, and including the famous ‘Neptune’s Staircase’. This is a relaxing week cruising some beautiful inland waterways.

LEG 4 | Fort William to Rhu (23 – 30 May)
After visiting the beautiful Island of Kerrera, the sail to Crinan passes the islands of Jura and Scarba (and the famous Correyvechan – don’t worry, we will see it from a distance!) where you will negotiate the sea lock and the self-operated locks of the Crinan Canal. Then on to the wonderful Clyde Estuary calling at Largs and anchoring at Arran before arriving at Rhu.

LEG 5 | Rhu to Cardiff (30 May – 6 June)
Following a visit to the picturesque fishing harbour of Portpatrick (a journey back in time) our route will take us across the Irish Sea to Bangor then a sail down the coast before crossing to Milford Haven and on to Penarth Marina at Cardiff.

LEG 6 | Cardiff to Plymouth (6 – 13 June)
First stop will be Padstow, a lovely port where the Harbourmaster promises a warm welcome. The journey to Padstow involves crossing the Bristol Channel with its very strong tides and busy shipping and where we may anchor at Lundy Island to watch basking sharks or porpoises. After rounding Land’s End we will explore the beauty of the Cornish coast, arriving in historic Plymouth Yacht Haven for afternoon tea.

LEG 7 | Plymouth to Fambridge (13 – 19 June)
The final leg of our journey and a visit to Brixham followed by a long sail to Weymouth, passing Portland Bill and its famous race, before stopping at Lymington Yacht Haven – to get our breath back. From Lymington it is a pleasant day sail to Brighton for an overnight stop before continuing to our home port of Fambridge where the Yacht Haven staff promise a warm reception.

https://premiersailing.co.uk/sailing_trip/sail-around-britain/

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/premier-sailing

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