The Sail For Macmillan charity boats have arrived in Plymouth 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.
The charity sailing teams were given a memorable welcome on the pontoons with Yacht Havens staff from around the UK on-site to help the tired team moor. The welcome team included Marina Directors from all of Yacht Haven's 9 marina locations as well as Yacht Havens Group Managing Director Dylan Kalis.
Once ashore, Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina Manager Steve Kitchen presented the charity team with a donation from the marina.
The two 35' sailing yachts 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. In the first month of the trip, the two boats have sailed north along the east coast of the UK before sailing through the stunning Caledonian Canal. From the Firth of Clyde, the boats headed south to Troon before crossing into Welsh waters and reaching Pembrokeshire. From here, the team enjoy two-day rest before continuing to Padstow, Penzance, Falmouth and Plymouth Yacht Haven which marks the end of the penultimate leg.
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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