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Action For Children charity team stopover in Plymouth

Tikka 5 Pic Penny Cross Tikka 4 Tikka 2 Tikka 1 Tikka 6 - pic Penny Cross

18 August 2016

family from Cheddar have stopped in Plymouth Yacht Haven overnight as they attempt to sail around the UK coast for charity.

Steve and Kaz Pointon and adopted son Harry set sail on their journey from Gosport in June 2016 aboard the 28-foot yacht Tikka.

Their round-the-UK challenge is in aid of Action For Children, a national charity that supports the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the heart of communities throughout the UK. After setting a target of £10,000, the total has now sailed well past £18,000 with just a week to go.

Steve said: "Our Plymouth experience has been plagued with engine failure unfortunately. The last two stops were Falmouth to Fowey - we thought we'd fixed the engine in Falmouth. We left Fowey, came out of there on a beautiful glorious day and sailed to Plymouth which is home to the Navy and being ex-Navy it's just great to sail in here. It's got so much history. Unfortunately my engine failed again so I contacted Plymouth Yacht Haven and the engineers at Allboat Services and they were fantastic and got what we needed. We've had great support from Plymouth and watching the frieworks was amazing. We don't really want to leave but we're on a challenge".

World record breaking sailor, Jeanne Socrates, 74, joined the crew in Plymouth and will sail with them for the last leg of the journey. Jeanne is the oldest person to sail non-stop around the world and is preparing for her own challenge in October - circumnavigating the world from North America.

Jeanne said: "Steve's done an amazing job, it was partly the challenge itself and what he's taken on - I thought it was amazing. If I can help in any way I'm happy to do that. I'm looking forward to sailing - I've had a lot of stress getting my boat ready for October. To get away and not be able to do anything about that is going to be good relaxation.

Chief Petty Officer Steve said: "It's a massive honour to have Jeanne join us at Plymouth as she is preparing to sail around the world again in the autumn. She is the perfect sailor to see us home and I can't wait to meet up with her again."

Visit the team's charity page to donate

Article from Plymouth Herald, link. Photo credits to Penny Cross and Tikka's Travels