Round-Britain-powerboat-challenge-raises-money-for-RNLI

Byline: A team of ten intrepid adventurers are taking on a gruelling challenge to raise money for the RNLI – the charity that saves lives at sea – as they aim to circumnavigate Britain in a small powerboat this September.
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The unique challenge will see the team steer a small, 5 metre open Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) clockwise around the 1,999 miles of the British coastline in just 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes and has been dubbed the ‘999 Coastal Challenge’.

The team, made up of members of the Watersafe UK Search & Rescue Team (WUKSART) will leave Poole, Dorset on the 9 September and visit 8 other lifeboat stations around the country at Bude, Beaumaris, Stranraer, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick, North Berwick, Cleethorpes and Ramsgate before finishing at the RNLI College in Poole on 17 September.

Carrying on the 999 theme, the adventure will start at 9am on the 9 September (9am, 9/9/2013), when the team will be waved off from Poole lifeboat station.

Four people from the team will crew the boat for each individual leg. As well as a helmsman, there will be a navigator and two safety officers to ensure the safety of the boat and crew during the trip.

They aim to raise £20,000 for the RNLI and Watersafe UK Search & Rescue.

Nigel Cobb, Challenge Team Leader, said: ‘As operational members of WUKSART, a voluntary search and rescue team, we are used to challenges and raising large amounts of money for charity but this is by no means a small feat and is our most challenging project to date. Not only have we set ourselves the task of circumnavigating the coastline in a target time but we’ve also set ourselves a goal of raising a minimum of £20,000 for the RNLI and WUKSART.’

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: ‘This is a tough challenge and I wish the team the very best of luck. As a charity, the RNLI relies on selfless people like this raising money for us and I thank them for their hard work in person.’

To follow the team’s progress and donate to the challenge, go to www.999coastalchallenge.co.uk.

Notes to editors

• The challenge will start at 7.30am on Monday 9 September from Poole lifeboat station – media are welcome to come to the start from 7am. Please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 33678 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk if you plan to attend.
• Photo attached show the WUKSART preparing for the challenge on board their RIB.
• The estimated times of arrival at the various lifeboat stations are:
o Bude, 6pm to 8pm, Monday 9 September
o Beaumaris, 4pm to 6pm Tuesday 10 September
o Stranraer, 4pm to 6pm, Wednesday 11 September
o Kyle of Localsh, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 12 September
o Wick, 5pm to 7pm, Friday 13 September
o North Berwick, 4pm to 6pm, Saturday 14 September 
o Cleethorpes, 6pm to 8pm, Sunday 15 September
o Ramsgate, 4pm to 6pm Monday 16 September
o Poole, 2pm to 4pm, Tuesday 17 September
• Watersafe UK Search & Rescue Team (WUKSART) is a voluntary search & rescue organisation operating within Derbyshire & the East Midlands region. Their purpose is to provide primary response and operational support to the Fire Service, Derbyshire Police & DEFRA in a range of situations.
 
Media contacts

For more information please contact Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663127 or 07899 076224 or by email at isla_reynolds@rnli.org.uk or Jim Evans, WUKSART team member, on 07775 631780. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

Byline: A team of ten intrepid adventurers are taking on a gruelling challenge to raise money for the RNLI – the charity that saves lives at sea – as they aim to circumnavigate Britain in a small powerboat this September.
Page Content:

The unique challenge will see the team steer a small, 5 metre open Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) clockwise around the 1,999 miles of the British coastline in just 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes and has been dubbed the ‘999 Coastal Challenge’.

The team, made up of members of the Watersafe UK Search & Rescue Team (WUKSART) will leave Poole, Dorset on the 9 September and visit 8 other lifeboat stations around the country at Bude, Beaumaris, Stranraer, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick, North Berwick, Cleethorpes and Ramsgate before finishing at the RNLI College in Poole on 17 September.

Carrying on the 999 theme, the adventure will start at 9am on the 9 September (9am, 9/9/2013), when the team will be waved off from Poole lifeboat station.

Four people from the team will crew the boat for each individual leg. As well as a helmsman, there will be a navigator and two safety officers to ensure the safety of the boat and crew during the trip.

They aim to raise £20,000 for the RNLI and Watersafe UK Search & Rescue.

Nigel Cobb, Challenge Team Leader, said: ‘As operational members of WUKSART, a voluntary search and rescue team, we are used to challenges and raising large amounts of money for charity but this is by no means a small feat and is our most challenging project to date. Not only have we set ourselves the task of circumnavigating the coastline in a target time but we’ve also set ourselves a goal of raising a minimum of £20,000 for the RNLI and WUKSART.’

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: ‘This is a tough challenge and I wish the team the very best of luck. As a charity, the RNLI relies on selfless people like this raising money for us and I thank them for their hard work in person.’

To follow the team’s progress and donate to the challenge, go to www.999coastalchallenge.co.uk.

Notes to editors

• The challenge will start at 7.30am on Monday 9 September from Poole lifeboat station – media are welcome to come to the start from 7am. Please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 33678 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk if you plan to attend.
• Photo attached show the WUKSART preparing for the challenge on board their RIB.
• The estimated times of arrival at the various lifeboat stations are:
o Bude, 6pm to 8pm, Monday 9 September
o Beaumaris, 4pm to 6pm Tuesday 10 September
o Stranraer, 4pm to 6pm, Wednesday 11 September
o Kyle of Localsh, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 12 September
o Wick, 5pm to 7pm, Friday 13 September
o North Berwick, 4pm to 6pm, Saturday 14 September 
o Cleethorpes, 6pm to 8pm, Sunday 15 September
o Ramsgate, 4pm to 6pm Monday 16 September
o Poole, 2pm to 4pm, Tuesday 17 September
• Watersafe UK Search & Rescue Team (WUKSART) is a voluntary search & rescue organisation operating within Derbyshire & the East Midlands region. Their purpose is to provide primary response and operational support to the Fire Service, Derbyshire Police & DEFRA in a range of situations.
 
Media contacts

For more information please contact Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663127 or 07899 076224 or by email at isla_reynolds@rnli.org.uk or Jim Evans, WUKSART team member, on 07775 631780. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.