Charity Challenge boosted by SailTime support

SailTime Europe, one of the world’s leading membership boating organisations, will be helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity in 2010 by providing the charity boats for the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

The announcement was made at the London International Boat Show, which runs from 8 to 17 January at ExCeL. 

The SailTime Charity Challenge will supply four identical 40-foot Bénéteau Océanis sailing yachts, which will be used by Breast Cancer Care; Macmillan Cancer Support; Prostate UK; and the Ellen MacArthur Trust. 

In 2009, the race raised almost £100,000 for charities and 2010 is expected to be an even greater success as this iconic sailing event gets bigger and better. 

The race will take place on Saturday 19th June, starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes. It attracts around 1800 boats and is the fourth largest participant event after the Great North Run and London Marathon. Competitors come from Europe and the USA, as well as all over the UK, to follow the 50 mile course round the Isle of Wight. Depending on conditions, it can take up to ten hours to complete. 

SailTime will provide each charity with a race-ready boat, skipper and first mate. The rest of the crew will comprise fund raisers and celebrity guests chosen by each charity. Last year, Olympic sailing medalist Shirley Robertson skippered the boat for the Ellen MacArthur Trust, comedian Dave Spikey on Prostate UK, and singer Jonathan Ansell on Breast Cancer Care. 

The four boats provided by SailTime are part of their fleet of around 40 boats, located throughout the UK and available for SailTime members to use. 

SailTime is also providing a Bénéteau Antarès 11 power boat to take press and photographers right to the heart of the action, increasing the opportunity for the charities to get additional coverage from the event. 

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