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 at the same time, being part of a fundraising venture for Macmillan Cancer Support? Well, imagine no more.
In May and June this year, First Class Sailing are heading off round Britain in two 35' sailing yachts, and there are still a few spaces available to join them on this magnificent voyage.
The trip will be broken down into 7 separate legs, taking between 5-7 days, each offering something different and unique. Be it taking in the spectacular scenery of the Caledonian Canal, the 'self-operated locks of the Crinan Canal' or visiting the picturesque harbour of Portpatrick, there will be various Fundraising Events along the way to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Yacht Havens Group have agreed to support First Class Sailing's voyage around Britain in aid of Macmillan with free berthing at every one of their marinas around the UK, plus there are plans afoot to hold fundraising events to celebrate the boats arrivals at each Yacht Haven.
During the different legs, the boats will visit each of Yacht Havens' six main marinas around the UK, enjoying free berthing at Yacht Havens in Largs, Troon, Lymington, Neyland and Plymouth. This is in addition to starting and finishing the trip at Fambridge Yacht Haven in Essex.
You can choose if you wish to take part in one or more legs, or indeed the entire journey. Each leg will include at least one Yachtmaster qualifying passage (including sailing at night) where one member of the crew will have the opportunity to skipper the boat, knowing that a First Class Sailing instructor is on hand to provide any support, guidance and coaching if required.
Yacht Havens are delighted to report that Colin Stracey of First Class Sailing has confirmed that they have already sold all the spots on one of the yachts and it is looking likely they have sufficient interest to recruit a full crew for a second yacht.
Colin Stracey explained that this fundraiser was to thank Macmillan nurses who had offered support when his adult son James was rushed into hospital with stomach pains only to discover that it was bowel cancer. James had surgery and chemotherapy and thanks to the wonderful medical staff and superb care and support provided by Macmillan has made a full recovery.
Itinerary & Updates
Leg 1 - 2-7 May
Fambridge to Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Departing Fambridge Yacht Haven, calling at Harwich, Lowestoft, Bridlington/ Whitby and Newcastle
Leg 2 - 9-14 May
Newcastle to Inverness - Calling at Holy Island, Arbroath, Peterhead and Whitehills
Leg 3 - 16-21 May
Inverness to Fort William Via Caledonian Canal
Leg 4 - 25-30 May
Fort William to Troon - Calling at Oban, Crinan, Largs Yacht Haven, Arran, and arriving at Troon Yacht Haven
Read the story as the boats arrive at Largs
Read the story as the boats arrive at Troon
Leg 5 - 1-7 June
Troon to Milford Haven - Departing Troon Yacht Haven, calling at Portpatrick, Whitehaven, Ramsey, and arriving at Neyland Yacht Haven
Read the story as the boats arrive at Neyland
Leg 6 - 9-14 June
Milford Haven to Plymouth - Departing Neyland Yacht Haven, calling at Padstow, Newlyn/Penzance, Falmouth, Fowey, and arriving at Plymouth Yacht Haven
Read the story as the boats arrive at Plymouth
Leg 7 - 19-25 June
Plymouth to Fambridge - Departing Plymouth Yacht Haven, calling at Brixham, Weymouth, Lymington Yacht Haven, Brighton, and arriving at Fambridge Yacht Haven
Read the story as the boats arrive at Lymington