NEWS 15th Sep 2017

Spartan Ocean Racing to Sail 4 Cancer

Spartan Ocean Racing

Sail 4 Cancer - About Us

Set up by a team of sailing enthusiasts, all of whom have lost a family member or a friend to cancer, Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of days out and short-breaks for British families affected by cancer.

We also make grants to UK based care institutions and support research into the positive effects of sport (e.g. sailing) and how it can help with cancer prevention and recovery.

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Spartan Ocean Sailing that will see both people recovering from cancer and our supporters taking part in some of the world's classic offshore races.

These races include events like the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Rolex Transat and also the planned legacy Volvo Ocean Race events.

But the really exciting element is that people will be able to sail in these events on Challenger, a yacht which was designed to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race itself!

The Challenger Yacht

Challenger W60 Racing Yacht
Challenger Volvo 60 Racing Yacht
Challenger was built to take part in the 1997 edition of the Whitbread (later Volvo) Ocean Race but when funding issues ended the America's Challenge, the boat was returned to California and went into long term storage.

During this time a lot of interesting modifications were made to adapt the already sleek Alan Andrews design. The result was a blisteringly fast Volvo 60 with all the manners of an Open 60. The boat put in impressive performances in the Newport to Ensenada Race and several Transpacs.

Challenger's unique history makes her the lowest mileage Volvo 60 in the world with possibly the most up to date technical set up of any vessel in her class. She is in excellent condition inside and out.

So why not step onboard with Sail 4 Cancer and emulate the best speeds a Volvo crew could hope to see. Learn how to operate roller furling headsails, split backstay systems, and asymmetric bowsprit run spinnakers!

Voyage Dates 2017/18

  • Canaries Flyer (5-15 Nov 2017)
  • RORC Transatlantic Race (23 Nov to 23 Dec 2017)
  • RORC Caribbean 600 (17-23 Feb 2018)
  • Heineken Regatta (28 Feb to 4 Mar 2018)
  • Antigua Sailing Week (26 Apr to 4 May 2018)
  • Gulf Stream Flyer (6-17 May 2018)
  • East Coast Flyer (22-29 May 2018)
  • Volvo Legends Race (19-26 June 2018)

Enquire Today!

If you have been touched by cancer and want to take part in one of these voyages, we'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch using the form below.


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