It is often said that the temperature of the sea holds up well going into the autumn months. But this was not a fact I was about to share, as the first of the hardy souls taking part in the annual ‘Dare to Brave It’ charity swim shivered their way up the slipway at Gurnard.
The twenty or so competitors had braved the chilly Solent to each swim 250 metres, in a fundraising effort of which David Walliams would have been proud.
The cause, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, is one close to our hearts at Into the Blue. This fantastic charity takes young people sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness. It is thanks to efforts like this one, hosted by the Little Gloster, which help the Trust to continue its excellent work.
From the extreme cold to the sunnier climes of Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, and at the end of November I attended the climax to one of the most competitive classes on the international racing circuit, the RC44 World Championships. The high-profile competition attracts some of the world’s leading business men as their owner/drivers, along with some of the top sailors in the world, including a local Gurnard lad Chris Schirmer, which was nice to see.
As we approach the end of 2011, minds are clearly focusing on the Olympics. We have a very strong crew of medal hopefuls, including Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor, Ben Ainslie. The team at Into the blue will be busy in Weymouth for the 2012 games, helping to capture all the on-the-water action at this momentous event, but we’ll be back in time for Cowes Week, slightly later this year so not to clash with the Olympics!
But before that, though, a chance to return to some cooler conditions, enjoying some family time on the ski slopes for the New Year.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year