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James Hardiman aboard Fluke-iGOSKi
James Hardiman aboard Fluke-iGOSKi

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6th Place in IRC3 so far!

James Hardiman is an extremely busy man with companies to run and launch but he is taking some time out to compete in a major ocean race whilst raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer.

James explains: "With so many affected by this cruel disease in some shape or form, I am dedicated to making a contribution in whatever way that I can. My mother had cancer about 25 years ago, (she happily made a full recovery), and sailing is a big part of my life. Sailing has recently started to feature in my work which has creates an ideal opportunity for me to give this worthwhile charity some added publicity. The first opportunity for me to start raising funds is the Azores and Back race, the Azab, which starts on June 4th, 2011.

Starting on Saturdaty 4th June, the Azab is a serious Ocean race that covers some 2,500 miles of ocean, approximately 1220 miles on each leg. The majority of yachts usually take between 7 and 10 days to reach the AZORES allowing a week or so to relax, make repairs and restock for the return passage.

Although I have been sailing (on and off) for about 20 years, my ocean sailing experience is zero. I have clocked up a few thousand miles inshore/offshore and solo sailing, and recently started to compete, (with some poor results!), in some solo and dbl handed races. My inexperience of the ocean is why I feel it prudent to compete in the Azab double handed with my Father. Nevertheless it will be a steep learning curve!

Between now (April 10) and June 4, I still have to finish masses of boat prep, as well as run my Companies, Alpine Elements and iGOSKi, whilst raising funds as fast as possible for Sail 4 Cancer.

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I have to ensure Fluke-iGOSKi is sea worthy and complies with ISAAF offshore rules (a 64 page document). I have to cram in 3 qualification requirements, keep up with my SORC race calendar (as much as I can) and re-do a 500 mile qualifier (4-5 days of non stop sailing out of sight of land). Then get the boat to the start in Falmouth, some 200 miles away.

And all this alongside the daily running of the Company at quite a critical moment as we launch Ocean Elements, (sailing holidays in Greece) which opens to our first guests on May 1st.

I hope that you feel suitably inspired to donate and help me raise funds for this most worthwhile of charities"

We at Sail 4 Cancer would like to thank James for his support and wish him the very best of luck with this awesome challenge.

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James, Sail your heart out for all those who have sadly lost their life to this cruel disease. Nick, my husband used to say grab the good bits. Good Luck
From Mrs Tracey J Poole


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Fanstastic trip James. Hope it went well!
From efrem leigh


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Great effort James, I'm proud to support such a good cause!
From Mr Nicholas P P Stanford


+ £2.50
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Well done James, and great cause. All the best for the next exciting year! Lizzy x
From miss e j ashworth

Well done to James. A fantastic effort for a fantastic cause.
From C J Bartholomew

Good Sailing!
From m everett


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what an amazing journey and a great cause...all the best for safe travels
From d killinger

Fair winds and fine sailing for a good cause. good luck Brandt Family Le Brev
From erika brandt

I can see your progress mate - great site they've got. Good stuff and good luck! Save a scotch egg for the victory celebrations :)
From James Tomaszewski


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Here at Place PR we have everything crossed for Team Fluke-iGOSKi. Good luck - we know you'll do it! Kate and Ben
From Miss K Fisher

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