Sailing success for hospice funding

A RECORD number of yacht racers have raised more than £20,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

In near perfect sailing conditions at Chichester Harbour, participants in the hospice’s 11th ‘Nab’ Challenge raced from just outside the harbour, around the Nab Tower and back.

The race, which was held on Saturday, September 22, increased the cumulative sum raised by the event over the years to almost £150,000.

Spokesman for the Inn-Shore Cruising Club, who organised the event, Mark Taylor, said: “Once again, we have set the bar high

and in this year of high sporting achievements we have risen to the challenge once again and raised a fantastic amount of money for St Wilfrid’s.”

Overall winner with the highest points total was Alan Stannah on his boat Sally of Kames.

The ATAG trophy for the boat that raised the most money was won by Derrick Pope who raised £3,200 through sponsorship of his yacht Valkyrie, while the Tempest Fugit Trophy for the club that raised the most money will be going to Itchenor Sailing Club, which raised £7,180 for the Hospice.

The winner in the Sunbeam Class for the second year was Gayle Palmer’s yacht, Little Lady.

Class winners included Marcus Hyde with his yacht Veruska in Class B and David Gammon with his yacht Euphoria in Class C, both members of the Inn-Shore Cruising Club.

All will be presented with their trophies at a special presentation to be held at the Itchenor Sailing Club on Saturday, October 13, starting from 11am and followed by a buffet lunch.

The main sponsor of the event was Chichester-based ATAG Heating. Managing Director Phil Bell said: “It was extremely encouraging to see so many new entrants this year.

“It’s thanks to the incredible generosity and support from local people that this event is so successful and long may it continue.”

Since it opened in 1987, St Wilfrid’s has cared for over 10,000 local people and at any one time provides care for 210 patients, while offering support to their families and friends.