The Sail For Macmillan charity boats have arrived in Lymington as part of their epic, 7-week Round Britain voyage raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research.
The fundraiser, sponsored by Yacht Havens, departed Fambridge in Essex in early May, arriving in Largs on May Bank Holiday before reaching Troon the following day. The team then headed south stopping at Neyland in Pembrokeshire before rounding Land's End and arriving in Plymouth in mid-June. Sailing across the south coast, Kingfisher, one of the two boats, needed some running repairs in Weymouth before they both arrived safely in Lymington.
Once ashore, Lymington Yacht Haven Office Manager Becki Jackson presented the team with a donation to Macmillan Cancer Research from the marina.
The two 35' sailing yachts, Kingfisher and Moonshadow, will be visiting each of Yacht Havens' six main marinas around the UK including Largs, Troon, Neyland, Plymouth and Lymington, in addition to starting and finishing at Fambridge Yacht Haven. Highlights of the trip include sailing through the stunning Caledonian Canal, down through the dramatic Firth of Clyde and rounding Land's End. Discussing their trip on the Lymington pontoons, many of the crew commented of the "relief and ecstasy" they experienced when the Needles off the Isle Of Wight first came into view despite the turning !
Colin Stracey, Chief Instructor at First Class Sailing East Coast, 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.
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