Tuesday 30th January 2018
The crew, Peter Best (owner of Honey Bee), Peter Soddy, Mark Bales and Mike O’Brien, are planning to take 2 to 3 months (depending on the weather) and visit around 40 ports and anchorages in England, Scotland and Ireland. The route will see them leaving Honey Bee’s berth in Beaulieu on the south coast toward Dover, up the East coast, round the top of Scotland and then back down the West coast through the Irish Sea to finish back in Beaulieu. The crew are meeting all the costs of the challenge themselves so everything donated will go to the charity.
We thought it would be good to raise some money for those less fortunate than ourselves and believe that Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that everyone can identify with. We have all been touched in some way or another by cancer, be it close family or friends, work colleagues or neighbours. It seems particularly worse when it impacts a young person. Cancer does not differentiate and every day seven young people are diagnosed with this dreadful disease.
This is not a challenge to be taken lightly - while the 4 man crew are all experienced sailors, none have completed a circumnavigation of our shores so this will be a whole new experience. Peter Soddy said:
"I competed in Leg 1 of the 2015/2016 'Clipper Round the World Race' which was a challenge but coastal sailing around Britain will pose a whole new set of challenges to be faced."
Plenty of preparation has gone into the sail including plotting potential courses, collecting information on harbours and anchorages as well as assessing potential tides around the coast. And in early December 2017 they were all thrown into the water on a sea survival course to experience the trials of getting into their life raft if the worse happens and they have to abandon ship - Not something they would want to do.
Pippa MacBain, Local Fundraising Coordinator at Teenage Cancer Trust, says:
We're so grateful to the Honey Bee crew for taking on this amazing challenge to support young people with cancer – we'll be cheering them along the way! Currently for every young person with cancer Teenage Cancer Trust reaches, there’s another we can’t. Money raised will ensure every young person facing cancer has access to our expect care, regardless of where they live or choose to be treated.