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All-Star Sport Relief boat arrives in Plymouth

Photo Bow 1 From Turnchapel Ian Walker

09 March 2016

The Sport Relief team, completing the BT Sport Relief Hell On The High Seas Challenge, had to pause their mammoth challenge for 24 hours and berth at Plymouth Yacht Haven.

Skipper Ian Walker called the Plymouth Yacht Haven Night Watchman shortly before midnight on Tuesday 8th March seeking a berth for his 65" Volvo Ocean racing yacht. The team safely moored on the pontoon at around 1am on Wednesday, ably assisted by the Haven Team who provided additional lines and fenders.

The all-star sailing team is skippered by round the world sailor Ian Walker alongside fellow racer Dee Caffari. The celebrity crew include:

  • BBC One Show presenter Alex Jones
  • Presenter Angellica Bell
  • Motor Racing Presenter Suzi Perry
  • Comedian Hal Cruttenden
  • News and sports presenter Ore Oduba
  • Comedian and actress Doon Mackichan

The team left Belfast on Sunday sailing towards London while raising money for Sport Relief. Since start the challenge, the team have been on a 4 hour rotations as they made good progress at 10knots heading south past Wales and rounding Land's End on Tuesday evening. However, with gale force winds forecasted and a weather warning from Falmouth Coastguard, the team made the decision to temporarily halt their efforts with skipper Ian suggesting they are unlikely to leave Plymouth for a further 24hours as they wait for a weather window.

In the meantime, the team took advantage of the stopover to rest after 4 days of epic sailing! During this time, Marina Manager Steve Kitchen presented the team with a donation on behalf of the marina. Skipper Ian Walker graciously received the donation, tweeting:


Celebrity sailor Angellica Bell also tweeted her thanks to the Plymouth Yacht Haven staff for their help while trying to berth on the pontoon.


After broadcasting live from the marina on the BBC One Show, the team were finally able to resume their challenge, leaving Plymouth Yacht Haven at 10pm.

Find out more about the Hell On The High Seas Challenge

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