The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust's newest boat has been officially named as 'Caledonian Hero' at a naming ceremony at Largs Yacht Haven.
The new boat is the first for the Trust which will be based in Scotland. Thanks to the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust were able to purchase the Beneteau Oceanis 45 in mid-2016 with the boat arriving at her new home in Largs last September. The boat has been refitted to suit the Trust's needs which included a stern which lowers to pontoon level and a steadier cruising capability, ideal for young people whose mobility has suffered as result of their cancer.
Frank Fletcher, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Chief Executive explained "This new yacht will allow us to provide a better experience for our young people with mobility issues from Northern England and Scotland. It will also make operations more cost efficient as the number of vessels needing to be chartered will be reduced. ”
The new boat has a busy first year in operation including the Trust's most challenging project to date - Round Britain 2017. The special project will see 100 young people in recovery from cancer taking part in an extraordinary challenge – sailing around Britain in a national relay, celebrating achievement and realising potential. Over a four month trip, the boat and the crew will visit town and cities around the coast, raising money and awareness, visiting treatment centres and building long-lasting friendships.
The Round Britain gets underway from Largs Yacht Haven on Saturday 20th May with the boat returning, 1,500miles later, on Saturday 23rd September.
For more information on the Trust, visit www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org
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Image caption - Kerry McMillan, EMCT Largs Base Manager, Frank Fletcher, CEO at EMCT, Victoria Sanchez, People's Postcode Lottery, Carolyn Elder, Marina Director at Largs Yacht Haven