Championship event will boost the coffers of Dame Ellen's charity

Yacht Clubs of Weymouth

(YCW), organisers of the Weymouth Keelboat Championships are proud to

announce their partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

The Trust, established by Dame Ellen MacArthur

in 2003, aims to inspire confidence in young people who are in recovery from

cancer and serious illness, and offers opportunities for those aged 8-24 to

take part in a range of sailing-based activities from their base on the Isle of

Wight.

Every year the Trust takes

hundreds of young people from all over the UK sailing for the first time, as

well as offering ‘Return to Sail’ activities for those who have sailed with

them before.

In a fitting partnership

the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust will help promote the Weymouth Keelboatboat Championships

from the 14 – 18 August whilst YCW will raise funds to

support the Trust throughout the year.

Yacht Clubs of Weymouth chairman

Stephen Dadd said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for both organisations.

‘The championships will kick off Wednesday 14 August with two evening races,

an offshore race on the Friday 16 August followed by bashing the

cans on the Saturday and Sunday.

‘Feeder races from the

Solent and Poole are also being planned for the Tuesday 13 August.

‘Classes to include IRC and PY plus one design racing for National Squibs,

although any class that has more than six entries will get their own start.’

The YCW committee listened to feedback from previous years’ events and have moved the forthcoming regatta into

the school holidays, made it five days and allowed for a long distance

race.

They also propose to keep the entry fee as low as possible by utilising

race management teams and resources already in place.

Evening races will give

competitors the chance to enjoy and explore Weymouth and Portland during the

day, whilst competing in Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay on consecutive

evenings. The emphasis is on relaxing, racing and revelry.

Regular updates can be found on weymouthregatta.co.uk

To find out more about the Trust please visit: www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org