NEWS 26th May 2011

Charley braves the Channel - LATEST NEWS

Charley's Dad & Jalousie
Charley's Dad & Jalousie

Charley's father recently became very unwell and sadly lost his brave battle with cancer on Wednesday 27th April. Charley's dad introduced her to sailing so she feels that this attempt is not only for a great cause, it is now a fitting tribute made in his memory.
After last Autumn's cancellation due to adverse weather conditions, a new date of 14th May was set for the attempt . This was also cancelled by poor weather. Charley will not be deterred however and a new date WILL be set so watch this space!

Following her father's recent diagnosis of bile duct and pancreatic cancer, Charlotte Steel felt inspired to take on a significant challenge whilst raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer to help others in a similar situation.

She felt the challenge needed to be related to their shared passion of sailing. "My Dad first took me sailing when I was 11 years old and we developed a great father daughter bond that has helped make me into the person I am today." she explains.

Thank you to all the sailors & volunteers

Adam Savage
Adam Mcgovern
Al Pitman
Alice Walton
Charlotte Steel
Chester Candish
Chris Robinson
Chris Mclung
Christine Mclung
Dave Holmes
Frances Holmes
Greg Marshal
Hannah Marsden
Kaye Tickle
Kevin Morris
Kirsty Meeson
Lucy John
Michelle Tickle
Rob Gascoigne
Steve Hall
Yvonne Savage

Charley continues: "I decided in order to try and raise a substantial amount, something really BIG was called for, so this inspired me to think of sailing from Dover to Calais in Enterprises (a 4 metre long, two person dinghy). I plan to sail in my Dad's boat 'Jalousie' in order to keep the challenge personal to me, but there will be a total of five boats sailing, with ten people as helms and crew. There will also be a fabulous back-up team for safety and to act as escort.

If you could kindly support this marvellous charity through our endeavours with your donations, however large or small, we would be eternally grateful."


A really BIG Challenge

"The Dover Strait is the busiest shipping lane in the world. The passage of ships through the Dover Strait is further complicated by the presence of strong tides, sandbanks, shoals and a great deal of concentrated cross-channel traffic. Additionally weather conditions in the Strait are liable to rapid change. Even in comparatively light winds, the strong tides can give rise to rough seas with steep breaking waves. Visibility is often poor, changing quickly to dense fog, even in strong or gale-force winds, rendering navigation difficult." (Source: Maritime & Coastguard Agency)

We at Sail 4 Cancer wish Charley and her team every success in their epic challenge, which is now scheduled to take place on 14th May this year. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for the optimum waether and sea conditions. You can do your bit by sponsoring them and offering your words of encouragement using the donation form below!

(Please note that all money raised will go to Sail 4 Cancer and will not be used to fund the challenge.)

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Donors & messages of support

Richard Jane Basil and Ben Monks in memory of Graham; well done Charley
From Mr Richard J Monks

Gerald Haseldine

with best best wishes for good sailing from Malcolm, Heather, Ric

Many thanks to the generous donations made in memory of my amazing father, Graham Steel. XXX
From miss charlotte steel

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From davidateale

Best wishes and luck to you and the rest of the team. Dave Gamble & Jo Weller
From D B Gamble

Best of luck to you all! - Martin
From Martin Lea

good luck from all in Guernsey
From david j pring

Here's to fair winds and a sucessful crossing. It's a really worth while cause.

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From Mr David Preston

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