Super proud of this crew – what a day they had yesterday and it is quite a feat they have achieved considering they are only between the ages of 13 and 17 (view the map on the last image to see the distance they covered!). The Will Mackaness Trust does so much to provide the opportunity to windsurf and sail for children in the local area, that it is nice to be able to give something back each year. Following on from last year’s Sunrise-to-Sunset Challenge, this year the task was set to sail away, out of the north entrance of the harbour, and along the east coast to see how far they could get.
The team arrived at the centre at 0830, having prepared their equipment the previous day. After a photo with Pam Govier (the Mum of Will Mackaness and founder of the charity), the team set off in earnest at 1100, using the RS:Ones bought through the charity’s successful small grant with Sport England. With a light-moderate NW wind, it wasn’t long before the crew were at the north entrance, waiting patiently for a clear opening in the traffic before they passed through together. Once in Weymouth Bay they were a little more exposed to the wind allowing everyone to get on the plane and dash to Ringstead, making their first roster-point within the hour. Time for a quick break and some refreshments!
Fifteen minutes later and after a quick brief, the team were off once again. Conditions became increasingly challenging, with a fickle cross-off wind on the inside, so it was decided to relocate a little further out to sea. Rolling swell and marginal gusty winds made it little more than a balancing act at times, but the guys stuck to the task – the support crew in the RIBs so proud of their determination. Zig-zagging through the swell and gusts, the crew meandered further east, making the most of the power they had – impressive considering several of them hadn’t windsurfed outside the harbour before. With the wind dying and the afternoon drawing on, it was decided to make the final goal-point Durdle Door, where the team could put a display on for the tourists by windsurfing through the Jurassic Coast’s famous natural attraction! Arriving at 1600 it was a perfect way to end the day … reaffirming (as if we needed it) that it’s not a bad part of the world we live in!
Thanks so much to all the support crew for their efforts on the day, to ASSC and PGL for the loan of the RIBS; the Harbour Master for passing their permission to go ahead with the challenge … and most of all to the participators – you all were AMAZING! At the time of writing this you have raised over £750.00 for the charity – very impressive! But it doesn’t need to stop there – to make a donation click here and you’ll be transferred tot he Virgin Giving Page.