RTIR News: The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust launches its ‘BUY A MILE’ campaign


Ellen and some of the young people in recovery from cancer on board one of the EMCT in last year’s race. Photo: OnEdition

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust launches its ‘BUY A MILE’ campaign & you can boost your own donation by entering the ‘CHARITY CHALLENGE’!

For the second year running, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is pleased to have the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust as its Official Race Charity.

The Trust has entered four boats, providing 25 young people in recovery from cancer the opportunity to compete in the Race. They will be joined for the Race by Trust Patron, Ellen MacArthur along with Race first-timer, DJ Rob da Bank. Ellen MacArthur will be racing with seven of the Trust’s young people on the elegant 90ft sloop Dark Star, generously lent to the Trust for the Race by owner Ed Stacey.

Ellen explains, “Everyone at the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is thrilled that the owner of Dark Star has welcomed us on board for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. This will be a completely different experience for the young people in recovery from cancer. I hope through all the weekend’s fundraising initiatives that we can help many more young people in their recovery from the illness in the future.”

Last year the Trust raised an incredible £57,547 through their involvement as the Official Charity of the Round the Island Race. Competitors thinking of fundraising for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust can do so in a number of ways this year.

·       Enter your boat in the ‘Charity Challenge’. The ISCRS and IRC rated entries that are fastest on corrected time and raise a minimum of £250 will receive an additional £1,000 donation, courtesy of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, for their chosen charity.

·       You can buy a virtual mile of the Race through the ‘Buy a Mile’. Choose which of the incredible young people racing you would like to support,   otherwise you can buy Ellen MacArthur or D.J. Rob da Bank’s virtual miles from as little as £10.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people aged 8 – 24, who are recovering from cancer and other serious illness on sailing trips throughout the summer.  These trips can rebuild the confidence often lost through long periods in hospital, giving the young people a chance to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment.

The Radio 1 DJ and Bestival organiser, Rob da Bank, will be joining the Trust’s crew aboard Moonspray, a GibSea 44.  Joining Rob will be the Isle of Wight Radio breakfast presenter Paul Topping, who will broadcast live from the boat throughout the Race.

J.P. Morgan employees from Bournemouth have their own unique way of fundraising for the Trust. For the sixth year, they will be competing in their very own Round the Island Race using pedal power.  Last year the cyclists raised an incredible £18,622 pedalling the 62 miles around the Island. Their challenge is to beat the fastest yacht to the finish line.

Other exciting ways to get involved with the Trust in the Race Village this year include a Sports Village, where visitors can have a go with the rowing machine, javelin, badminton and a Wii station.

The easiest way to add to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s fundraising total is through ‘Text to Donate’, just text EMCT00 £5 to 70070. Every penny goes straight to the Trust.

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About the Race

  • The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the Race Partners: Britannia Events, Haven Knox-Johnston, Henri Lloyd, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Timex, and Volvo Car UK.
  • The 2012 Event will be J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s 8th year as Title Sponsor.
  • The Round the Island Race was first established in 1931 – 2011 marked the 80th year of this great race.
  • The Race starts and finishes in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the centre of British yachting.
  • The Race is an all-encompassing event that caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level.
  • The event strapline is ‘Britain’s Favourite Yacht Race’.
  • The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs, with around 16,000 sailors taking part over the course of one day.
  • 2010’s Race had 1,754 entries and 1,607 finished the Race. This is the highest ever recorded number of finishers in the history of the Race.
  • £90,600 was raised for charities in 2011.
  • Timex sponsors the Outstanding Seamanship Award.
  • The current monohull race record was set by Mike Slade (ICAP Leopard) in 2008 and still stands at 3.53.05.
  • The multihull race record still stands at Francis Joyon’s 2001 time of 3.08.29.

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