Fun on the Hamble for worthy cause

The 2011 King & Queen Pursuit Race will take place this Saturday, 2 April, with all boats starting between 1030 and 1100.

All the proceeds from this family fun day out will go the Hamble Lifeboat.

The King & Queen pub, in Hamble High Street, is a very popular haunt for the sailing community and raising funds for the Hamble Lifeboat is a cause that is very close to home.

Last year’s race raised £2,700 for the Hamble Lifeboat. Thirty local boats turned out ranging from high performance keelboats and multihulls to cruising yachts and classic dinghies.

International race officer, Tony Lovell, will organise the racing and prizes will include something for the best-dressed crew. Brunch and cocktails are available and The King and Queen will host a barbeque and charity auction with live music in the evening.

Jim Webb of Casse Tête Marine has lived in Hamble all his life. ‘The Hamble Lifeboat is a necessity, there is a huge amount of traffic in the river and there are always people that run into trouble. The Pursuit Race is a real laugh, it’s part of village life and a great way of putting some money into such an important service.’

By the end of 2010, Hamble Lifeboat responded to 140 calls from the thousands of mariners in the Solent and local waters. The voluntary organisation receives no public funding and relies on donations to keep this invaluable service running.

If you would like to enter a yacht, donate an auction item or just come along for a great day out and support a very worthwhile local cause, visit the King & Queen website: