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Irish Sea Challenge

Laser sailors Steve Cockerill and David Summerville are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime as they prepare to sail Laser dinghies across the Irish Sea from Dublin, Ireland to Southport, England, a distance of 115 nautical miles, in order to raise vital funds for leading mental health charity Mind and the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

They are now busy preparing for this epic challenge, both in terms of physical fitness and boat preparation. Steve is also providing input relating to clothing through Rooster Sailing, and David is preparing the boats for the rigours of the challenge through Phoenix Marine.

Equivalent to the distance from London to Sheffield, the Irish Sea Challenge will be a gruelling sail across a treacherous stretch of water, notorious for unpredictable winds and strong tidal currents. They are aiming to raise £50,000 through the event and have a number of fundraising activities planned to boost the coffers of the charities, including a 30 mile race through the Solent, from Poole Harbour to Southampton Water.

David said:
 “I’m really excited about sailing from Dublin to Southport for Mind and the John Merricks Sailing Trust. My training has been going really well and I’m feeling confident – it’s a massive challenge but as long as my body holds together my only fear is running out of breeze.

“Mind is a fantastic charity and have really helped me to manage my bipolar disorder so I just hope I can raise as much as possible so they can continue their important work.”

“I have long been a supporter of the John Merricks Sailing Trust, whose objectives are to advance the education and physical and mental development of young people in need with a view to promoting the achievement of their potential through the sport of sailing.”

Funds raised by Steve and David will help the leading mental health charity Mind continue its vital work with the 1 in 4 people who experience mental health problems. The MindInfoline is a lifeline to thousands of people, offering free confidential support to people in crisis, who might otherwise have nowhere else to turn. In addition, funds raised for the John Merricks Sailing Trust will help many young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and fulfil their dreams.

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