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The Island Sailing Club has announced their support for The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s ‘Round Britain Your Way’ challenge and is encouraging all entrants in their new Christchurch Bay Race on Saturday 26th September to participate.

The Christchurch Bay Race will see 2 fleets race from the Club’s start line in Cowes, through the Needles Channel and into Christchurch Bay where the boats round a mark before returning to Cowes. This race follows on from a successful NAB Tower Race a few Saturdays ago with the spectacular sight of so many spinnakers sailing down the Solent.

During September, Round Britain Your Way invites anyone to sail, run, swim, walk, cycle or create their own challenge to collectively travel 4,800 miles around the British coastline.

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Dame Ellen MacArthur DBE, the Trust’s founder and Patron, said:

“The Trust has sailed round Britain twice before in 2009 and 2017, each time sailing 2,400 miles with crews of young people in recovery from cancer. This time we’re going Round Britain Your Way.

“Young people are going to need us more than ever after COVID-19.  Isolation, loneliness, anxiety, anger and fear are all experienced by young people and their families during and after cancer treatment.  COVID has intensified everyone to unimaginable levels.  We have to be here for them.  So, let’s get out there and get Round Britain Your Way.”

Frank Fletcher, the Trust’s CEO, said:

“We’re so grateful for the ongoing support the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust receives as the Island Sailing Club’s official Round the Island Race charity and are so pleased the club and it’s members will be supporting our Round Britain Your Way challenge with the Christchurch Bay Race this month.”

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As this is the last race on the ISC calendar for 2020, a good turnout is expected. Contact [email protected] to enter the race. The race fee is £47 or £40 for ISC members, and there is no charge to rate your boat under the Island Sailing Club Rating System.

Competitors are reminded of the requirement to comply with the government guidance on social distancing and other Covid-19 measures. Permitted crew can be up to a maximum of 6 people from any household or two-thirds of a boat’s IRC crew number, whichever is the least.

Notice of Race and other information available on the ISC’s website

The next Round the Island Race will be held on Saturday 3rd July 2021.

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