Sailing challenge donates £1000 to Hayling RNLI
Barry ‘Baz’ Marsh with his team in the annual Fire & Rescue Service Sailing Challenge won the nal Passage Back Race and donated £1000 to the Hayling RNLI Station.
The F&R Service organise a 4 day event in the Solent using Sunsail 40ft yachts with a crew of eight in each boat. In 2018 28 boats took part in the regatta of shorter races and a nal longer Passage Back Race. The event is open to any member, current or retired, of the Emergency Services and last year attracted crews from the F&R Service and the Ambulance Service. The RNLI Stations round the Solent keep a watching safety brief on the event.
‘Baz’ with his crew won the canal race, sailing the length of the Solent, and won the right to choose an RNLI Lifeboat Station to present the cheque for £1000 to, the donation being made up from entry fees, raffles and auctions. Siri Young RNLI Fundraising Chairman, pictured with two volunteer lifeboat crew receiving the cheque from ‘Baz,’ who is a retired reman, said ‘We are very grateful for this considerable cheque which will help to keep our station and lifeboats saving lives around Hayling Island.’