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Ewan McGregor heading to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Thu 4 Aug 2011

Ewan McGregor heading to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Ewan McGregor is among the big names making their way to the Isle of Wight to join in the festivities of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

The Star Wars actor, whose other film credits include Trainspotting and I Love You Phillip Morris, is to take part in the Artemis Challenge on August 10th in an effort to win a charity prize fund worth £10,000.

McGregor will be part of the Hugo Boss team and is joining forces with round-the-world sailor Alex Thompson as they traverse the 50-mile course around the Isle of Wight.

The Hollywood A-lister is looking to generate funds for Unicef's East Africa Appeal, noting children in the region need such help more than ever.

He observed: "I'm excited to experience the thrill of yacht racing from the very deck of the boat and I'll be doing my best to help Alex win."

McGregor is not the only celebrity who has signed up for the event, however, as former world champion equestrienne and royal family member Zara Phillips will also be taking part.

It will be the third time Phillips has competed in the Artemis Challenge and she will be under the captaincy of Dee Caffari on Artemis Ocean Racing.

Joining Phillips and Ms Caffari on the vessel will be television and radio presenter Natalie Pinkham, who is hoping to raise money for non-profit charity Toe in the Water - a cause seeking to help injured servicemen and women being treated at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

Ms Caffari said it is great to be returning to Artemis Ocean Racing and is desperate to land the £10,000 prize for charity.

"The Artemis Challenge is a great spectacle for the [International Monohull Open Class Association] 60 yachts and with Zara and Natalie onboard I'm sure we will make a great team," she added.

Posted by Jon Noble
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